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How to clean a wound
By: Bev and Chris ~ 3/7/2017

 

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HOW TO CLEAN A WOUND

 

Wash/clean your hands, wear gloves if you have them.

 

Things to consider when assessing the wound:

Is the person on blood thinners, Aspirin or NSAIDS? (hard to  stop bleeding)

Have they lost function of fingers, toes, arms or legs?(tendon/ligament damage) needs to be seen now.

          Is the wound deep? Can you see layers? This may need stitches, it

          it needs to be seen withing hours.

          Is this a dirty wound?  Consider the need for a tetanus shot soon. 

Bite wounds by humans and dogs have high risk of infection, so do cat bites and scratches.

 

Clean it and keep it clean

 

This is how you reduce the chance of infection. You don't need alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.  It can damage healthy skin and delay healing. 

Yes, the cowboys used it, but they had bad water and didn't have antibiotics....... Alcohol can be used for adult pain control and for the person who has to clean the wound.

 All you need is clean water, and some soap.  It doesn't need to be antibacterial.

      Gently wash it under running/bottled water.

 As you are cleaning out the wound, removing dirt and rocks that are embedded.

        You can use clean tweezers to remove it. Or a clean cloth to brush it out.

          The longer the better under running water.

        5-10 minutes will clean out a dirty wound.

 

Animal and human bites/scratches should be rinsed under clean water  for about 10-15 minutes. 

Immediate cleaning can reduce the risk for infection. It's ok for the  wound to rebleed a bit while cleaning.

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NOW THAT THE WOUND IS CLEAN

Keep it moist with an antibiotic ointment.  There are ointments that have a pain reliever in them.

                        Cover it to keep it clean.

                        Change the Band-Aid/dressing when it is wet or dirty.

                        Look at it every day.

                        Yes, you can shower. 

 

There is a sports product called "tender tape." It sticks to itself and is handy if you have a dressing, or a child that doesn't like the adhesive, or a hairy area...makes the dressing change easier too.  If the dressing sticks, you can use water to help loosen it. The coated bandages usually prevent this.

Signs that the wound isn't healing or looks infected, needs  evaluation.

 Increased redness, tenderness, warmth or swelling can be signs of infection. This can happen with bug bites too!

  If it looks like it isn't healing or something isn't right have it seen! If you can't get into a clinic, have a nurse triage you. Many are available on the phone. Check if your clinic or hospital has this service. They give great sound advice. They will help you determine urgency of being seen.

There are resistant strains of bacteria, have signs of infection evaluated. 

Children and older adults/diabetics have increased risk!

If you are on blood thinners, it may take longer to stop the bleeding.  Hold firm pressure for at least 10-15 min.  Don't peek!  If you do start the clock again!  If you are unable to control the bleeding, you need to have it evaluated.

Elevate above the level of the heart and a cool pack may help slow it down till you get help.

Are you up to date on your Tetanus shot?  Something to think about if you can't remember or it's been over 10 years. 

We keep our supplies in a TRAVELRX BAG.  Easy to grab and we know everything is in it! Make sure we have the favorite band-aids for the kids and we are good to go!

 

Blue Skies & Tailwinds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bad Behavior on Airlines
By: Chris and Bev ~ 3/3/2017

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BAD BEHAVIOR ON AIRLINES

 

We read the story about the man who tried to open an airliner door during descent. He was stopped by passengers and crew. We"ve seen the video of a passenger being dragged off of an aircraft. 

We expect to fly safely everyday. 

Red flags for potential problems can be from alcohol, drug, mental problems, who knows.  The rest of us are in this flying tube with you and we want to get to our destination safely.

We read the passengers held the guy while the flight attendants "got the restraints."  Could those be the same ones we've carried in our carry-on?

 Zip Ties.

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 They make great restraints,(Ok, they have other uses too)   You want to get the wider ones they are  easier to work with under stress.

Consider having 3 for arms and 3 for legs. ( one around each arm and use the 3rd one to band them together). One person is now restrained.

Some crew members are now carrying these in their bags.

Take steps to be safe no matter what you are doing.

Pay attention to your surroundings wherever you are!

Worried about someone's behavior while flying? Report it to the crew. Give them the row, seat number and your concern.

 

What if it's the crew that exhibits bad behavior?

Never intervene with the crew unless you are directed to. 

It is a Federal offense not to comply.

You can give your seat and row number to the "victim" passenger upon disembarking .Encourage other witnesses to do the same.

Report the behavior in a customer service area,at a website or by phone.  

The captain needs to have his undivided attention directed at flying the plane.

Even flight crews have bad days at work, however, service oriented professions should NEVER project their bad days upon their customers. We just want to safely get to our destination.

Know your rights as a passenger. The passenger bill of rights is available on Department of Transportation.

 

Remember:

If you see something, say something!

 

Be safe out there!

Bev and Chris