First Aid To Cuts When Your In Wilderness

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  1. rose thornes

    rose thornes New Member

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    My friend got cut from our hiking. She washed her knees in the streams, when we got home she got infections. What we supposed to do in the first place? We dont have first aid kit that time.
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  2. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    Well obviously you should be carrying a first aid kit at all time when trekking. If no first aid kit available, then clean the wound as best you can. Fresh urine from a healthy person is good if you have nothing else. Water should be boiled before using it for drinking or cleaning wounds. Salt can be used if you are carrying any. Alcohol/spirits like whisky or rum can be used but they do not contain enough pure alcohol to be considered the best first choice. Perhaps a drop of rum to drink before you add the salt might be a good idea! Some plants can be used as a disinfectant, but they are usually specific to a location, so you need to do some research on useful plants in your area.
  3. Maria_C

    Maria_C New Member

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    I know of salt if you can get it any where and it is advisable to go with your first aid kit whenever outside for hiking
  4. john rey

    john rey New Member

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    In my thinking don't fully cover the wound of your friend and stay open to make it dry. But my best way for me is put a running water to clean the blood.
  5. Old Geezer

    Old Geezer Master Survivalist

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    There are all manner of types of iodine wipes avail over the counter. Get something bigger than the tiny ones. Keep these in your first aid kit. After cleaning the wound, use a anti-biotic petroleum jell to cover wound then use a tear-open 4 X 4 or 6 x 6 pad. Hold the pad down with a roll of Kerlix.

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  6. Old Geezer

    Old Geezer Master Survivalist

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    Stop the bleeding.
    Clean the wound and surrounding skin with iodine swabs.
    Let wound dry a bit.
    Now, apply some tincture of benzoin on either side of the skin adjacent to the cut -- apply to good skin do NOT let benzoin touch the damaged tissue! Benzoin is the stickiest nastiest gunk you will encounter -- this is good, because it stays sticky for freaking ever! And man oh man, will it ever stain any and all fabrics = nasty. It will even stick to mucosa (like canker sores in your mouth) and oh by the way, it is poisonous. Approximate the sides of the cut, but DO NOT CLOSE THE WOUND COMPLETELY. Leave a bit of a gap. Hold this in place with butterfly bandages -- here's where the benzoin helps you. Butterfly bandages alone pull loose; they just do. Dried benzoin keeps the sticky part of the bandage stuck to the good skin -- if it doesn't, then you are applying too much pressure to approximate the sides of the cut. Tear open a 4 X 4 or 6 X 6 sterile pack and apply to wound. Do NOT put antibiotic ointment into an open cut! Over the 4x4s or 6x6s, wrap with Kerlix.

    You want cuts to dry out. If it oozes, well then, it oozes, let the serous fluid soak into the bandaging. This is why one must change bandages and why you want to use Kerlix.

    Cuts that you suspect will need stitches probably do. Don't guess, go to an emergency ward and get sewn-up as soon as possible. And too, you need a medical set of eyes on any significant cut to see if any debridement is required. ------ Just do this! ------- Don't risk getting some nasty infection. Being "tough" can earn you septicemia / hospitalization / amputation / death. Go to a doctor or get Darwinized.!&ef_id=WWVzXwAABfD5RMfe:20170712005455:s
  7. Roger Klemmons

    Roger Klemmons New Member

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    A tube of triple antibiotic is always handy for small stuff. Bag Balm is also good to have on hand for minor wounds and stings.
  8. TexDanm

    TexDanm Master Survivalist

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    A roll of good tape some gause and triple antibiotic ointment go places with me. The good tape has saved a camping vacation for me. One the second day of a week long trip I cut my hand open. I made butterfly sutures with the tape and closed the wound. A layer of ointment and then covered it with gauze and duct tape. We fished and swam all week and I changed the bandage every other day. No infections and no problems. It didn't even leave a scar like it would have if I had gotten stitches.
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