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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Packing a Wound

If you have a deep cut or wound on your legs or arm you should pack the wound with clean or sterile gauze or any supper absorbent material. Pack it into the wound and pack it outside of the wound. Applying direct pressure to the wound will help reduce bleeding. After packing the wound tie a bandage over it with the knot of the bandage directly over the wound (this will add additional pressure to the site). Be sure to write the time and date on or near the bandage with a permanent marker. Keep an eye on it and look for excessive swelling and redness in the area. Also watch for spider veins (red streaks) coming from the site or foul smells. These are all signs of serious infection. Seek medical assistance ASAP. P.S. packing the wound with Salt (though painful it may be) will help act as an antibiotic (due to hypertonicity) and can also assist in slowing the blood loss. Do not add cayenne (as previously mentioned in an earlier blog) to these wounds.

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