Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

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Hydrogen peroxide is most commonly used in first aid to flush out minor wounds and scrapes. Find out how to use hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball to help relieve a potential infection with help from a first aid and CPR instructor in this free video on using hydrogen peroxide in first aid.

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Hi, my name is Sunshine and I'm with Sunshine Safety. We are located in Snellville, Georgia. I've been involved in the health and safety field for almost fifteen years. I started out as a lifeguard when I was fifteen and became an instructor in 2004. I then opened my own business in 2006. Today, we're going to talk about the proper uses of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is most commonly used to flush out minor wounds and scrapes. An example of a minor wound would be if you are running and you fall and you scrape your knee. It is not a severe wound, which means you do not need to seek medical treatment but it does need to be cleaned out to prevent infection. The way they do that, once again, is you want to make sure you have consent before you provide care. Once consent has been given, you do want to protect yourself from disease transmission. The way we do that is we always wear gloves. Once we have our gloves on, we then use the hydrogen peroxide to either directly flush out the wound or you can pour some hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball. Placing hydrogen peroxide on the cotton ball, use one to gently blot out the wound to help relieve infection. You can also pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the wound also to help prevent infection.

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