Monday, June 29, 2020 by Zoey Sky
An important skill all preppers must know is how to properly treat wounds. Learning how to properly dress different types of wounds will prevent them from getting infected, and can even save someone’s life or limb in a survival scenario or when SHTF. (h/t to SurvivalistPrepper.net)
Start by preparing a basic first aid kit with the following items:
These items can be bought from a medical supply store or online. Some of them are a little expensive, but a first aid kit is a worthy investment if you want to survive when disaster strikes.
A dry dressing is useful for treating shallow wounds, such as minor cuts, scrapes or open blisters. Before applying a dry dressing, wash your hands thoroughly then clean the wound.
A wet to dry dressing is used to treat deep wounds or incision wounds that can easily become infected if left unchecked. These include those that you can’t stitch up. If you don’t know how to stitch a wound, don’t do it to avoid making the wound worse and use a wet to dry dressing instead.
Take note that when applying a wet to dry dressing, you will need to insert damp gauze into the wound.
Take note that you can also change the dressing every 12 hours instead of 24; however, if the gauze isn’t fully dried, the wound will get soupy and the dead tissue can allow bacteria to grow in the wound. Once you remove the dressing, the dry gauze should debride or help clean out the wound bed. Applied properly, the dressing should leave a clean, red wound bed.
Keep calm, use the tools in your first aid kit and apply the proper dressing on wounds to promote faster healing and prevent infections.