Does the thought of Suturing Wounds make you queasy?
The very definition of the word prepper is someone who has prepared themselves for as many disastrous situations as possible. They have prepared themselves in the event where the survival depends on things that they can manage on their own without the help of traditional services. One of the things that is crucial to know are basic medical skills. Let’s say its TEOTWAWKI and someone you know has cut themselves pretty badly and they require stitches. There are no hospitals or clinics than you can take them to close the wound. What do you do? If you have the materials and skills, you can suture wounds by yourself.
First, make sure that you have the materials and supplies necessary. Stock up on these supplies well before you need them.
Second, you need to know what to do with the supplies and materials. Practice suturing on something before you need to do it to a person. At Homestead Survival they recommend that you practice on a green banana to get a feel of how it feels to go through skin and then practice on a piece of meat to know how it feels to pull sutures through tissue. This website also has some links to videos on how to suture wounds.
The most important thing to remember when you need to suture an actual wound is that it needs to be as clean as possible. If you seal up a wound without thoroughly cleaning it, you are asking for infection or worse. Also never suture up a bite from an animal or human, there are too many pathogens that can cause infection, gangrene or even death.
With a little preparation, you will have the skills necessary to suture a wound. Hopefully you will never have to use it; but isn’t it nice to know you would be able to if the need arises?
Here is the link to the list of supplies that you will need to properly suture wounds: http://www.prepperlink.com/index.php/survive/medical/item/67-suture-introduction
This is the site that has the link to the videos on how to perform sutures: http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/suturing-introduction-stitches-diy-medical-skill-videos/
Click here if you want more detailed information on suturing wounds: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/stitching-wounds-in-emergency-situations_032014
What other things do you think are useful to know in the case of a medical emergency? Share your ideas with us!