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Originally posted by calstorm
Superglue does work well for cuts about a 1/4 inch deep. I couldn't be sure on anything deeper than that.
You might want to acquire a few 3M skin staple kits. These are particularly good for scalp lacerations, and fairly easy to use. I wasted two of the kits just getting the hang of them (practicing on very thick plastic sheeting).
First aiders should always err towards treating a victim. Your actions may be covered by a Good Samaritan Law, and where this does not apply, most countries give much leeway to those acting in good faith.
Originally posted by dooper
Or, one piece of duct tape.
Originally posted by Siren
I have found another product that will stop bleeding and is simple to use:
Ferric powder sold as "Quick Relief Stop Bleeding Powder". There is a video there to show how it is used.
They also sell the antiseptic wound wipes (very necessary, I think).
[edit on 29-10-2009 by Siren]
Originally posted by dooper
reply to post by saralee
If I can make a suggestion. Antibiotics are good if you can get them, but you'll need some other options if you can't.
For field use, to treat wounds, cuts, deep abrasions, slashes, punctures, and so on - there are a couple of options.
If you can afford it, purchase a few .999 silver coins or 1 oz. .999 bars. Silver is one of the most powerful antiseptic/antimicrobials that exists. Just file a few grains off and place them directly on the wound. NOTHING will get infected.
Even fine silver wire can be used to address deep punctures to keep them from getting infected.
One other thing that you may want to stock up on is Thyme. Thyme is a strong antimicrobial as well, and Thyme oil is super powerful. Make a strong tea, apply to bandages, and then fasten with - what else - duct tape!
Not only is Thyme an herb that can and is used in cooking, a strong Thyme tea is most beneficial in treating sore throats, controlling coughs, and treating bronchitis.
It's also a strong anti-fungal treatment.
And then there's bread. If you have nothing else to treat a wound, moldy bread, with the mold pressed to the wound will control the infection.
I used to be in Special Forces, and since we were to be in the field for extended periods of time without any support and were required to make do with whatever became available, we did just that.
A tidbit here, a tidbit there, and after a while, you realize that some things have so many uses beyond what is apparent.
One other thing. There is little that heat and salt can't handle. From an upper respiratory infection to boils. Heat. Salt.
Yarrow was commonly used by Native American tribes for bleeding, wounds, and infections. It is used in Ayurvedic traditions, and traditional Chinese medicine credits yarrow with the ability to affect the spleen, liver, kidney, and bladder meridians, or energy channels, in the body.
Herbal Compress to Stop Bleeding
1 teaspoon tincture of yarrow (or other suitable herb)
½ cup water
Combine ingredients. Soak the cloth in the liquid, wring it out and apply it