From https://wikitravel.org/en/Botswana#Stay_healthy :

Botswana's HIV infection rate, estimated at 24.1%, is the 2nd highest reported in the world. Exercise regular universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluid and remain aware of this high rate of infection. Take precautions accordingly. Wear rubber gloves when dressing someone else's cut, even if they are a child.

Does "to dress a cut" mean "to treat a skin wound"? Is this phrase common in other regions or is it specific to Southern Africa?

  • That's exactly what it means. To "dress" a wound means to apply bandages to it (after cleaning and suturing, if necessary). – Robusto Nov 23 '17 at 16:51
  • It's common everywhere. He's cleaning out the wound and then bandaging it, i.e. he's dressing it. – Nick Nov 23 '17 at 17:10

A dressing (noun) is a usually-sterile bandage or gauze used to cover a skin wound. "To dress a wound" means to treat a wound with a dressing.

To dress [a wound] is used throughout the English-speaking world, especially in first aid manuals and similar quasi-technical resources. A more everyday equivalent, at least in American English, would be to clean and bandage [a wound].

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