You never know what will happen, and if you have young children, you are bound to be faced with wound treatment at one time or another. If something happens that is really bad, you of course want to take your child in to see someone at the hospital to take care of any wounds, but there are times when you must do first aid before you can get to the ER or before medical help can arrive. If you know first aid, you know what to do when something happens. You should have a first aid guide and supplies with you at all times. You don’t have to carry it in your purse, but you should have both in your home and in your vehicle so that it is never too far from you. If you are planning a trip, it is always a good idea to have wound treatment supplies packed in your luggage in the event of an emergency.
Though you may find that airplanes and cruise ships have their own wound treatment supplies, you may still want to have your own with you anyway. One of the most important parts of wound treatment is keeping it clean. If you don’t do your best to keep it clean, the wound can become infected and lead to all sorts of problems. That is why you should cover most cuts the best you can until someone else can look at it for you. Another very important aspect of wound treatment is to stop any bleeding that may be happening.
In the case of a gushing wound, you have to stop the bleeding as soon as you can. You may have to use pressure to stop it, or perhaps even apply a tourniquet. However, use caution with a tourniquet, as you may cause even more damage. You should make sure you find a good source of information about wound treatment and first aid so that you know what to do and how to do it. It isn’t always easy to think clearly when something goes wrong, and if you have already gone over the information for wound treatment, it will already be in your head. First aid books are good in an emergency, but nothing beats knowing what to do the instant something happens. If you are unsure, even after having studied, always call 911 when you need help. They may not be able to get to you as soon as you would like, but they can probably connect you with someone who can tell you want to do to lessen the damage before help arrives.
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