Getting a cut might seem trivia at first, but similar to many a disaster that stems off from seemingly trivia things, a small cut if not treated properly will aggravate into something serious and life threatening.
Do you just slap on a band-aid after you cut yourself and leave it at that?
It’s perfectly fine if the would aggravates and there’s a doctor around. The problem is, doctors are hard to come by in a survival situation.
An experienced prepper will always follow these 6 simple steps after he cuts himself, even if the cut seems harmless.
6 Steps That May Save Your Life After You Cut Yourself
1: ASSESS YOUR ENVIRONMENT.
If you are in a dirty environment with no third party medical recourse, you may want to go “overboard” when it comes to wound irrigation and sterilization by comparison to an office worker who accidentally cut himself at his desk with a pair of scissors he was using. When it comes to keeping a wound sterile, the first step is to be aware of your environment and how it can affect your wound, then react accordingly.
2: FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF CUT YOU HAVE.
The second thing to do when dealing with a cut, wound, or scrape is to figure out what kind of a cut you’ve got. Is it a single deep laceration? Do you just have some surface scrapes? Knowing how deep and clean the cut is – incredibly important.
3: FIGURE OUT IF THERE ARE ANY FOREIGN BODIES/DEBRIS IN YOUR CUT.
Does your cut have any foreign bodies in it at all? A splinter, for example, or a sliver of metal lodged in your flesh? Maybe a bit of mud or dirt? It’s all important to know and whilst it’s a natural reaction to want to jump straight to the “lets fix it” stage, this rarely ends well. Especially if your wound is peppered with debris/contaminants. Don’t skip this step.
4: CAN’T SEE PROPERLY ENOUGH TO ASSESS YOUR INJURY? IRRIGATE THE WOUND.
To access what you are dealing with you need to get a good look at your wound without pools of blood masking the issue. The quickest way to do this is to lightly irrigate your cut, scrape, or laceration using clean water, a mild soap, or a sterile solution like like saline solution. Once you see the situation clearly (i.e. determine what kind of a cut you have and if there are any foreign bodies in it) you should follow a very simple process.
5: FOREIGN BODIES/DEBRIS IN YOUR WOUND? GET THEM OUT IF IT’S SAFE TO.
If the wound, cut, or scrape has foreign bodies like debris or dirt in it – try to remove them using irrigation. Again, irrigate with clean water, a mild soap, or a saline solution. If that doesn’t dislodge them, use tweezers that you have sterilized with an antiseptic like rubbing alcohol. If you cannot get rid of the foreign bodies – apply pressure to the wound, keep the wound elevated, and seek medical attention. Do not seal a wound if it is contaminated/has something in it.
6: STERILIZE YOUR WOUND.
After irrigation, if the wound looks clean with no foreign bodies or debris, use a mild soap or sterile solution (again, like saline solution) and apply pressure in preparation for sealing the wound using superglue/bandages/sutures etc.
Photo Credit: Bob M
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