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Discover how to:
• gather an outside first-aid equipment of crucial items
• Soothe bites and stings
• take care of cold and warm injuries
• Wrap sprains, fractures, and dislocated joints
• deal with backcountry emergencies until eventually specialist clinical aid arrives
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Check often after splinting or wrapping as well to ensure the treatment isn’t making the condition worse. Shoulder and Collarbone Injuries Pain after trauma to a shoulder is due to a tendon or ligament injury, a broken bone, a joint separation, or even a dislocation. If the victim can use the shoulder, allow him to do it. Relieve pain with a sling for any injury in this area. A swath of cloth around the shoulder, holding the arm against the chest, gives maximal comfort but completely incapacitates the shoulder.
Even without obvious deformity an immediate complaint, or continuing complaint, about significant pain means that you now have a litter case and you should make plans accordingly. If in 2 hours, the next morning, or 2 days later, the patient feels better and wishes to walk on it—great! Let him. You should remove all weight from his shoulders and provide him with a cane. Have him use the cane on the side opposite the injury. This places a more natural force vector on the injured joint. And continue the compressive dressing.
Change the dressing daily. The contents of this package are actually sterile, but the manufacturer does not indicate a shelf life, so sterility cannot be guaranteed. This product is a valuable addition to your medical kit. Wilderness Wound Care 25 Thermal Burns As soon as possible, remove the source of the burn. Quickly immerse the burned area into cool water, if possible, as this will help eliminate additional heat that may be generated by scalding water, burning fuels, or clothing. Or suffocate the flames with anything available, such as clothing or even sand.
Basic Illustrated Wilderness First Aid (2nd Edition) by M. W. D. Forgey