By taking proper care of the wound you can reduce further contamination and promote healing. Clean the wound as soon as possible after it occurs by:
- Removing or cutting clothing away from the wound.
- Always looking for an exit wound if a sharp object, gunshot, or projectile caused a wound.
- Rinsing (not Scrubbing) the wound with large amounts of water under pressure. You can use fresh urine if water is not available.
The Open treatment method is the safest way to manage wounds in survival situations. Do not try to close any wound by suturing or similar procedures. Leave the wound open to allow the drainage of any pus resulting from infection. As long as the wound can drain, it generally will not become life-threatening, regardless of how unpleasant it looks or smells.
Cover the wound with a clean dressing. Place a bandage on the dressing to hold it in place. Change the dressing daily to check for infection.
If the wound is gaping, you can bring the edges together with adhesive tape cut in the form of a “butterfly” or Dumbbell”. Use this method with extreme caution in the absence of antibiotics. You must always allow for proper drainage of the wound to avoid infection.