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First Aid Tips in the Wilderness Without a First Aid Kitfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Is a normal occurance in life that accidents can happen any time. They can happen at a party when someone slips on a wet substance on the floor or tripping on a loose carpet at home or when someone trips over a rock while hiking on a your family's camping trip.
Accidents are unfortunate, but one should always be prepared to administer first aid when necessary. But how do you handle the situation when no first aid kit is available? In this case, you've going to have to improvise in order to stop any bleeding or to clean a wound so infection won't set in.
In this situation the best items you can use with no first aid kit around, is a piece of cloth, a belt, shoe laces and sticks from trees. These materials can be used to make a tourniquet to stop the bleeding or, if required, make a sling for a broken shoulder.
Snakebite is one the worse accidents that can happen on a camping trip. If there are venomous snakes in the area, the best action you can take is to clean the wound with water and try to suck the venom out.
This could be dangerous for the person adminitering first aid if it's swallowed. However, If done properly, the bite mark can be closed by touching it with the tip of a heated blade. If you don't have proper equipment to aid the victim, this should be enough to get the injured person to a medical facility.
If the weather is cold and the person gets the chills despite using a blanket or staying near the fire, brew some hot chocolate or coffee for them. If you have any booze, that could also help, however, this is one item you shouldn't have with you, especially if there are minors in the group.
Experienced campers know that bruising or scrapes are likely to occur due to the rugged and uneven terrain. These minor injuries that will certainly heal in time, but it's still a good idea to wash them out with water to prevent infection.
If there are any splinters or cactus spines, they can be removed with a pair of clippers or scissors. Putting a flashlight over the wound will make it easy for the person to remove anything that is there.
Administering first aid without a kit can is something you should think about if the situation should ever arise. A doctor will to do a better job with the proper equipment when the victim is finally able to reach help, but these steps are the best actions that can be taken in this circumstance until the patient is able to get to a hospital or clinic for professional treatment.
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