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Old 09-19-2009   #7
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Originally Posted by polo
i always had a question about this:

if someone is bleeding and you want to help with putting pressure on the cut, we are always advised to use gloves, or worst case some kind of plastic bag in order not to get in contact directly with the blood. but why?

unless I myself have a cut in my hand, can i get contaminated by anything? can viruses etc... penetrate the small pores of my skin even if i don't have a visible cut?
You shouldn't get in contact for your own and his own safety ...
By definition there is no intact skin, so yes you may get contaminated ...
and you may infect his wound, since his cut wound is a source of entry of any germ that my be present on your hands

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