Covering the basics of summertime scrapes

    Three simple steps can cut down healing time

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Sticks and stones may break bones, but cuts and
scrapes can get infected. The reality is that even minor wounds need a special
treatment and most Canadians don't know the proper steps to take. A recent
survey uncovered the truth: more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of the
population think airing out a cut or scrape speeds up the healing process. Not
only is this a myth, but leaving a minor wound uncovered can increase the
likelihood of infection or re-injury. The good news is that following some
really simple steps will ensure fast and effective healing.
    With summer vacations, camp stays and trips to the cottage on the horizon
there are bound to be some run-ins with minor cuts and scrapes. To help
prepare vacationers for these unavoidable situations, family physician
Dr. Laura Clark will be available on June 26th and 27th to discuss proper
treatment for minor wounds as well as infection prevention tips. Dr. Clark can
also answer the following:

    -   Minor vs. Major: How to tell if your cut or scrape requires emergency

    -   Cover that Cut: Find out how much faster a minor wound will heal when
        properly treated

    -   Easy as 1,2,3: A simple and effective three-step treatment that you
        can even teach a child

    WHO:         Dr. Laura Clark, Toronto-based family physician

    WHAT:        Talk to an expert who can provide easy treatment options for
                 cuts and scrapes at home for the whole family

    VISUALS:     A minor cut or scrape vs. an emergency situation
                 Treatment options for cuts and scrapes
                 Proper first-aid equipment for wound treatment

    WHEN:        June 26th and 27th, 2008

For further information:

For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact:
Julienne Spence, Alex McLellan, Environics Communications, (416) 969-2765,
(416) 969-2774,,

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