Cut man

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A cut man (or cutman) is the second who deals with cuts sustained by a boxer during a bout. His job is to stop any bleeding from the face or nose and also to reduce swelling around the eyes by applying cold pressure. The tools of a cut man's trade are Vaseline (or some other acceptable lubricant) used to help keep facial skin elastic to avoid cuts. This method should be used judiciously, however, because if too much gets on the opponent's gloves, it could get in the eyes of the cutman's fighter. Another tool is called an "endswell." It is a flat piece of steel, rounded at the edges, which is either kept on ice or filled with ice to keep it cold. Direct pressure with an endswell helps the cut man treat swelling which is commonly known as a "mouse." Several chemicals are used on cotton-tipped swabs to coagulate the blood and stop bleeding; epinephrine and avitine are used in conjunction with each other. Epinephrine is applied with a swab after a cool towel has cleaned the wound and slowed the bleeding. After the bleeding is controlled, the cut is filled with Avitine, a powder that forms a sort of instant scab. Adrenaline hydrochloride is used to stop nosebleeds by being inserted into the nostril/s on a cotton-tipped swab and pinching the nose shut on it, thus saturating the area with the medicine. All these things are considered basic first aid; for anything more serious, a ring doctor should be consulted.

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