First Aid in the Wilderness
- Antibiotic ointment
- Iodine OR rubbing alcohol
- Needle (clean, sharp)
Sterilize by wiping with rubbing alchohol
Sterilize with rubbing and cut way the dead skin
Sterilize with rubbing alcohol and cut away the dead skin
- Cleanse hands
- Swab the blister, using iodine OR rubbing alchohol
- Sterilize the needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol
- Puncture the blister with the needle, aiming for several spots near its edges.
- Let the fluid drain, leaving the overlaying skin in place
- Apply the antibiotic ointment to the blister
- Cover the blister with a bandage or gauze pad
- After several days, cut away all the dead skin using scissors and tweezers sterilized with rubbing alcohol
- Apply additional ointment and a bandage to the blister
- Sterile, non-adhesive bandage OR clean cloth
- Over-the-counter pain relievers (acetaminophen [Tylenol], ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin], or naproxen [Aleve])
- Remove constrictive clothing (belts, jewelry, and/or tight clothing) immediately (for first-degree burns).
- Use compresses until pain subsides.
- Cover burn with the bandage OR cloth, protecting burn.
- Give over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Do NOT apply butter or ointments which can cause infection
- Cain or Crutch (perhaps a folding one)
- Elastic bandage
- Ice pack
- Rest the sprain, not keeping weight on it, use Cain or crutch to keep weight off it.
- Cool the sprain, using the ice pack
- Compress the sprain, using the elastic bandage
- Elevate the sprain above heart as often as possible throughout the first forty-eight (48) hours