Friday, January 03, 2020 by Darnel Fernandez
Providing proper first aid is not only an essential survival skill, but also an important skill to learn in everyday life. Accidents can happen when you’re out and about, and sometimes an accident leads to gaining a large, gaping wound. In this situation, learning how to suture or stitch up a wound can potentially save someone’s life. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)
In suturing, you use a sterilized needle and thread to sew together a wound to avoid infection and allow the tissues to heal properly. This type of first aid is often used when the wound is deep and gaping, like if an ax were to leave a gash on your leg. Trying to close such wounds with a bandage is futile. It would only bring the top part of the wound together, leaving the bottom part separated and leaving a tiny gap perfect for any bacteria to proliferate. Suturing a wound ensures that all the layers of tissue would heal evenly. (Related: First aid tips for preppers: How to treat common injuries when SHTF.)
One caveat when suturing a wound is that you need the proper gear to do an adequate job. If you’re really in a bind, you can make do with a regular needle and thread. However, this brings a significantly increased chance of infection. To properly suture a wound in the safest and most efficient way possible, here are the things you need in your first aid kit.
Make sure everything is clean and sterilized before letting any of these items touch an open wound.
When it comes to suturing wounds, it’s really important to practice first before jumping into the real deal. You wouldn’t want your first experience with suturing to be in front of a gaping and bleeding wound. You can practice your suturing skills on a flap of pig belly. Despite having thicker skin, pigs are similar to humans genetically, including the skin and the fat underneath it. If you want something a bit more human-like, you can try suturing up skin-on chicken breast or just buy a suture pad that is made of flesh-like latex material. Once you’ve practiced enough, you’re ready for the real thing. Below you can find a step-by-step guide on how to properly suture a wound:
Learn other life-saving skills like suturing wounds at Survival.news.