Maxpedition Survival Tips: Cleaning & Bandaging a Wound with Thomas Coyne

Maxpedition Survival Tips: Cleaning & Bandaging a Wound with Thomas Coyne

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Sometimes the worst can occur and we can
slip and get ourselves. My name is Thomas Coyne, chief instructor
at Coyne Survival Schools and I’m going to teach you how to clean and bandage a
wound in the wilderness. It’s important that we clean, disinfect and bandage our
wounds properly in the field to prevent infection. Now the difference between
irrigating and rinsing is pressure. We may be in a situation when we don’t have
a lot of water to spare and irrigation will get the most gunk out and use the
least amount of water. So in my medical kits, I will take a sterile saline wound
wash that will blast all the bad stuff out. Now we don’t always have something
like that so in the wilderness we may have to improvise. You could do that with a
plastic bag, your camelback, or may be by poking a hole in a water bottle like
this… and you’ll see how little water we use to rinse it off. Though I’ve
irrigated the wound, I want to make sure I disinfect it. The dressing is what goes
directly on the wound and we always want to use a sterile dressing when possible.
The bandage is what secures it to the wound. And since I’m doing this alone
I’ll have to manage this part a little bit. Fold that back over and get it
secured. Now I want to wrap this tight until I feel pressure from that thick
dressing. If I feel as though I need more pressure I can apply a twist directly
over the wound site and lock that down like so. Now I don’t have to use this
whole roll of gauze. I can cut it and save it for anything that may happen
later or you can lay it over top and tape it down. Now I always use a
waterproof tape. In wilderness dressings, I go heavy. I want each piece to be
several inches long. I don’t want them in small little tabs of tape. We never use a
single piece of tape to go around the entire circumference of the hand or of a
limb. Okay. Because they could swell up and we don’t want to
restrict blood flow improperly. I now have a safe and secure bandage where I
can feel pinpoint pressure on the wound so if I begin to articulate the hand and
manipulate my gear, have to work with the shelter, anything like that, make a fire,
it doesn’t rebleed and open back up. Thank you for watching and we have a lot
more tips coming.

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