First Aid for Wounds: No Stitches? No Problem
You don’t have to take an emergency First Aid course to understand how to close wounds without stitches. All you need is a little help from Dr. James Hubbard, MD, aka The Survival Doctor.
Hubbard explains a quick trick for First Aid for wounds in the video above, taken from his Living Ready University Online Course, How to Treat Wounds & Burns.
First Aid for Wounds: Prep Work
Per Hubbard’s advice, start by first determining the severity of the wound. This bit of triage takes only a second, but actually goes a long way toward applying First Aid for wounds.
Next, apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Then, flush out the wound with clean water. Remember that whatever dirt or bacteria still inside the wound when it’s closing will remain there. Cleaning is critical in First Aid for wounds, because dirty wounds lead to infection.
Does your basic First Aid kit contain surgical tape or duct tape? It should. Because after the wound is cleaned out, it’s time to tape it up.
Hubbard suggests cutting the tape into strips and patching the wound that way. Check out the arm in the video for a quick reference of what it should look like.
It’s important to allow the wound to drain, so don’t use a solid piece that covers everything up.
While this trick isn’t meant to be a replacement for professional medical treatment, it can keep the wound secure until the injured person can reach help. First Aid for wounds doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.