Originally Posted by DrFootball
I have Dental Floss. I also have 2.0 and 3.0 Silk( surgical thread). I have 2 full sets of instruments. I have 10 different type of bandages. I Still would not attempt anything unless it was a dire emergency.
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Nor would I. It all depends on the situation.
If you are on a yacht out to sea, or on a backpack trip without a satellite phone, marooned on a deserted island, or stranded on a road trip in the wilderness of Canada or Alaska, in those cases you may need to do everything possible, including stitching an artery or major vein, to keep the other person alive and help them to get well ... as I am sure you know.
Whenever I encounter an emergency medical situation, I have been trained to follow the acronym --
- stop the bleeding (since someone profusely bleeding can bleed-out in a few minutes
- check the heartbeat (since someone with no pulse requires immediate CPR within 5 minutes)
- check the breathing (since someone not breathing can suffocate to death within 15 minutes or less)
- treat for shock (since loss of blood or any near death experience will likely result in a numbing shock induced self-preparation for death).
Naturally after having performed all the above, it is time to summon the professionals. But if there are no professionals to summon, then you are on your own. That's when --
- you stitch the arteries and major veins
- set the broken bone(s)
- flush out the wound(s) with clean water
- cover the wound with clean bandages or immobilize the limb for the healing process to begin (which normally takes 2 weeks to several months)
- feed the person and make them comfortable and warm
- clean up after them
- give them fluids to drink
- set up an I/V drip if you have the sterile bags to do so
- nurse the person back to health.