Sunday, November 24, 2013
Backcountry Injuries Require Quick Action By Mike Webster Rating *** If you’re someone who does outdoor activities that are far away from any hospital services it is important you know what to do if something goes wrong. This article informs you what kinds of injuries are possible to get, and how you would treat each one if there is no hospital service near by. A wound is damage to skin structure and tissue; there are three different layers of skin, the first layer being the epidermis, second being the dermis and third is the fascia. A small wound that is usually just a cut into the epidermis or dermis can be treated the same as at home. Stop the bleeding, wipe it with an antiseptic pad then cover it up normally. Larger wounds are much more serious, if it’s a puncture right down to the fascia layer then there are a few things that can help. They should be cleaned with lots of clean, drinking-quality water and have pressure applied to them. If there are no signs of infection it is important to remain calm then get to your car or any way of transportation then get to the hospital. However, if infection is present it is important to use any means of communication necessary to get help. This article from the Ottawa Outdoor and Travel magazine taught me a lot about how to treat serious wounds. I go camping with my family a lot and any medical attention could be hours away from where we stay so it’s important that we all know how to treat a wound. This taught me how I would treat the situation of someone getting severely injured and how I could help. This article definitely would change my behavior towards any injuries that could happen while camping with friends or family.