EMERGENCY First Aid: Do You Know What to Do In These Scenarios?

Think you've mastered Scenario #1? Not so fast. This next scenario goes hand in hand with what you have just learned.

Scenario #2: How to Prevent an Infection from Growing Within a Wound

Ways to Prevent Infection:

During a survival situation, where sanitation issues may become a problem, keeping your wounds clean and covered is extremely important. Infection can set in quickly, so you need to stay on top of any open wounds. That means it’s important to carry the following items:

  • Gauze
  • Adhesive wound dressings
  • Antibiotic ointments and creams
  • Antiseptics and Disinfectants – Peroxide, Isopropyl Alcohol, PVP Iodine Ampules and Antiseptic wipes are all things that need to be in your kit.

Important Tip: Not many people realize it, but offices and local businesses typically carry First Aid kits. Should you find yourself assisting someone in a public area, like a mall or a city street, use your resources. If you see a local business or store front nearby, ask someone to ask the business to use their First Aid Kit. Also, when you ask someone for help, avoid making a general statement like “can someone please grab a first aid kit from (insert business name here)”. In emergency situations, people are often unresponsive because they are overwhelmed by what they are seeing. So be specific! For example: “Sir in the red flannel shirt”, make sure you get their attention. When you do, follow up with your request and make sure they understand you and acknowledge your request.

Ready for Scenario #3? We thought so. Head over to page 4 to read about it. 

 

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