Many of you might not have a well equipped medical bag that you carry on your travels. What if you cut yourself and don’t have accesses to definitive medical care? What if you don’t have chemical wound disinfectants like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide?
The proper cleaning of wounds is of critical importance, especially in austere conditions where there are limited (or non-existent) supplies of chemical disinfectants or antibiotics. With proper irrigation, chemical disinfectants and antibiotics aren’t likely to be necessary. It takes about one liter of water under pressure per inch length of wound. Here are some more tips on how to do it right.
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This article is guide for cleaning and dressing wounds in the field. When you don’t have the luxury of a hospital nearby, preventing infection is extremely important.