In survival settings, it is your duty to keep the wound clean and observe for infection. To promote healing, deep wound dressings should be moist to allow newly formed cells the best environment for rapid healing.
Other than in the first wound cleaning, clean, drinkable water is preferable to undiluted Betadine, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. These dehydrate new cells and are considered a hindrance to healing. Don’t forget that bandages get dirty and should be changed often. Twice a day is a minimum until the wound has healed.
It’s wise to apply some antibiotic ointment around a healing wound to prevent infection. Raw honey, lavender oil and tea tree oil are some natural alternatives. Antibiotics may also be necessary.
The following list can handle most bleeding wounds effectively. They only address this particular issue and are, by no means, all you should be carrying. You can never have enough medical supplies. You should consider:
1. Various dressings (4-inch squares, larger dressings, roller gauze)
3. Celox or QuikClot
4. Israeli battle dressing
6. Medical tape
7. 60 to 100cc irrigation syringe
8. Bandage scissors (EMT shears)
9. Head lamp, lantern or flashlight
10. Antiseptic for first cleaning (Betadine, hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine)
11. Triple-antibiotic ointments
This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Winter 2016 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.