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The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

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The seriousness of a cut is determined by its depth and location on the body. Obviously, a paper cut on the finger is treated quite differently from a knife slice that severs a vein or artery. Whenever possible, hold a cut under cold running water for at least one minute to cleanse the area. Then, using a clean towel, apply pressure to stop the flow of blood. If possible, elevate the injured area above the victim’s heart to slow the blood flow. If the cut does not stop bleeding after a few minutes, is very deep, or bleeds profusely, it may require medical attention and stitches. Immediately call emergency medical assistance or transport the victim to the nearest medical facility while continuing to apply pressure to the cut. Manageable hand cuts or those that have stopped bleeding should be covered with an antibiotic ointment, a clean bandage, and, for a cut on the finger, a rubber finger cover. This is to protect the cut from infection as well as to prevent the spread of bacteria from the wound to any food being prepared, as uncovered wounds are a ready source of food contamination.