The nineteenth capacity that I introduce in my eBook is that you must [be able to] treat minor skin wounds in order to minimize infections. In it I state that:
You must “treat minor skin wounds in order to minimize infections. Even small cuts can become life-threatening given the proper circumstances. Basic bandages and gauze, antibiotic ointments and such are essential. Of course, you can choose to purchase a pre-made first aid kit, which is better than nothing but you’re better off building your own. This online form can help you design your own home kit, including first aid supplies. Whatever you do, ensure you have more than enough bandage and especially gauze on hand because these supplies can be diminished quickly.”
Since I’ve written this eBook I’ve become even more adamant that every family should have a well-stocked first aid kit able to treat, not only minor wounds, but larger wounds as well. Although I’m not a medical practitioner–I wish I had that training–I keep quite a bit of equipment and supplies around… the vast majority of which I know how to use; the rest my wife does. I know that’s not the ideal situation but it’s what works for us right now.
While medial supplies are a must (use the design kits link referenced above), knowledge is key as well. Therefore, it is a must that you have a quality medical reference at hand, such as those found in the medical guides section of the Guide to the Net pages all of which can be downloaded and freely printed. I would also encourage you to have at least one emergency wilderness reference, such as Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid 5th Edition. I keep this book in our bug out bags and believe it is a useful reference for a variety of situations.
With respect to wounds treatment specifically, I would strongly encourage you to purchase The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wound Treatment by TheSurvivalDoctor.com, which I had the pleasure of reviewing not too long ago along with his Guide to Burn Treatment. And the best part is that it’s very inexpensive and available for immediate download from Amazon.
You might also be interested in these wound treatment posts from both DoomAndBloom and TheSurvivalDoctor sites mentioned above:
- Doom and Bloom(tm) Hour #30 July 14, 2012 Wound Care and Closure Methods, EMPs, Vinegar Uses
- Doom and Bloom Hour Live June 16, 2012 Medical Supplies and Wound Care
- Video: How to Repair a Head Cut With Hair Instead of Stitches
- Video: How to Stop a Cut from Bleeding (Treating a Cut, Part 1)
- Video: How to Assess and Clean a Cut (Treating a Cut, Part 2)
- Video: How to Repair a Cut With Duct Tape (Treating a Cut, Part 3)
- What to Do If You Cut Your Mouth or Tongue
- When to Get Stitches
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Note: This post is part of an ongoing series detailing the ideas from my free eBook, The 99 Capacities You MUST Acquire BEFORE Disaster Strikes You!, which you may freely download here.
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