I apologize for not getting yesterday’s tip out sooner. I had both computer and phone problems that made it very difficult to get anything at all done. And since both of these tips are similar and short, I figured I could easily combine them into one post. So here you go:
6 & 7 – Build a First-Aid Kit and Disinfect
We’ll start with what you need to create a basic first-aid kit. “If you’re the type of person who’s always asking for a bandage or aspirin, it’s time to get it together”. Here’s what the book recommends you include in your kit:
- Aloe vera gel
- Nonadhesive dressing
- Medical tape
- Gauze roller bandages
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Antibacterial ointment
- Elastic roller bandages
- Surgical scrub brush
- Disinfectant towelettes
- Arm sling
- Splint material, such as an inflatable splint or a rigid splint made of wood, plastic, or other material
- Sterile compress
- Selection of adhesive bandages, including butterfly bandages
Nothing in there that I wouldn’t expect, and not a hard list of things to gather. Most of the basic stuff can be found at any hardware or auto parts store. Lots of shops are required to keep kits like this available to their employees in case of accidents. So you should have no problem gathering supplies. As a viewer commented in my last post, you may want to include a clotting agent of some kind to help stop bleeding.
But oh no, you tripped on your way out of the store! Your arm is bleeding and you need to treat it quickly. Break out that kit and get ready to use it! First, use those skills we learned in day 5’s tip to stop the bleeding. Once you’ve stopped the bleeding, pull out your disinfectant. Take the following steps to disinfect your injury:
- Flush the wound. Use cold water instead of things like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol if possible. Using those can damage healthy tissue.
- Apply antibiotic ointment. Cover the injury thoroughly with the ointment and then cover with a bandage or dressing of some sort.
“Even small cuts can become infected” so make sure you take appropriate measures any time you have an injury. You don’t want to be trying to fight off zombies with an infection induced fever do you!? A little work when the injury occurs will go a long way.
Have you ever needed this? Ever had a cut you needed to doctor up real quick? I remember having many as a kid and my mom would always follow the steps above to a tee. Rinse, disinfect, cover. And as always, if you want to buy this book, you can head over HERE. Make sure you’re subscribed as well, because we still have 103 tips to go!