One of these days, an acquaintance of mine cut her hand while cooking. And her bleeding wound was quite deep. Fortunately, her son was near and was able to call the ambulance quickly.
Because she cut her hand so deeply, she lost a lot of blood and she needed to be hospitalized till she recovered.
Events like this could happen to any of us in any moment of negligence.
And while sometimes it cannot be avoided, you should at least know how to act in an emergency case like this one.
It’s good to be prepared in any kind of situation because you never know with what you might be dealing with.
Therefore, I hope you have a cabinet at home or a space or bag where you keep an emergency kit.
This First Aid Kit should be compulsory in every home and should contain the following:
- Two pairs of sterile gloves
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
- Plain or hemostatic gauze
- Soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
- Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
- Burn ointment to prevent infection
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes
- Prescription medications you take every day (you should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates)
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
- Medicine dropper
- First Aid book
- Non-prescription drugs (aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, laxative)
The above mentioned items are mandatory to keep in your house.
But let’s return to our previous idea.
What can you do before the ambulance arrives if you or someone close gets a deep bleeding wound?
Dealing with such an injury, you need to have either a plain or hemostatic gauze and use it as follows:
- Quickly and aggressively apply direct pressure with a gloved hand, clean dressing or cloth, while breaking out your supplies.
- Explore the wound with your fingers to find the source of bleeding, using nearby bones, if possible, to increase the effectiveness of pressure.
- Tightly (and I mean, tightly) pack the wound cavity as deeply as you can while continuing to apply pressure on the bleeding vessel.
- Pack directly onto the vessel itself. Although hemostatic gauze is effective, sufficient pressure with plain gauze may be enough.
- Maintain pressure on the packed wound for at least 3 minutes.
- Place a tight pressure dressing (Israeli Battle Dressing, Olaes Bandage, etc.) over the whole thing.
- Splinting the wound will immobilize it and help prevent re-bleeds during transport to the hospital.
Knowledge is power!
Therefore, I hope you learned something new today that will help you in a tragic case like this.