It’s no shock to you but we aren’t invincible. I’m sure we all want to be able to withstand anything we encounter but sadly, we can’t
everyday people get hurt including ourselves and that is nothing new of course. Most of the times a trip to the doctor fixes things but what if there aren’t doctors around?
That becomes a problem when SHTF because there aren’t any doctors or medicine around to help you out. So then it becomes incredibly important to know how to treat an injury.
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to help yourself out in case of an emergency.
Essential Emergency Wound Care For a Crisis
Expose the Wound
You’re going to want to remove all tight and constrictive clothing from around the wound.
If at all possible, you should wear gloves when dealing with open wounds. Even if you’re treating yourself, it’s still likely that your bare hands are covered in contaminants.
Be sure to remove any jewelry from the general area of the wound right away as well. Even if you are injured on a different finger, take off your wedding ring as it’s possible your entire hand may swell up.
Stop the Bleeding
In many cases, pressure and elevation can stop a wound from bleeding. Another solution is to use ice if you have some available, or you can pack the wound with gauze.
For significant uncontrolled bleeding, using a proper tourniquet can help save your life.
Ideally, you should use an actual medical tourniquet, but you may have to improvise if it’s an emergency.
Many believe that belts can work as tourniquets, but many are too stiff to be tightened enough to work properly. A triangular bandage, necktie, or even a ripped t-shirt will work better than a leather belt.
Clean the Wound
If you can irrigate the area, that will do a lot to help prevent the wound from becoming infected.
Tap water actually works just fine for this, but if you find yourself out in the wilderness, you’ll need to find some clean water to use.
Decide to Fix or Not Fix the Injury
Once the bleeding is under control and clean, you have to decide if you want to attempt to fix the wound or let it heal on its own.
Clean, uncontaminated wounds with minimal tissue loss should be fixed as soon as possible. These wounds need to be closed up, and if you wait too long, you’ll allow bacteria to resettle in the area.
This is especially true of any injuries you sustain on your hands or feet.
On the other hand, many animal bites should be allowed to heal on their own. The reason for this is that animal fangs make deep punctures that also inject bacteria from the animal’s mouth into the wound.
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