Emergency First Aid: Options for Treatment in the Field

Emergency First AidSustaining an injury while you’re out in the wilderness can be a very scary thing. How are you supposed to get treatment when you are, in some cases, tens or even hundreds of miles away from the closest medical facility? Fortunately, Mother Nature can provide you with some natural remedies for injuries, notes Wired, and you can also prepare yourself by packing a limited first-aid kit that will provide you with everything you need to disinfect wounds and get yourself back on your feet.

If you don’t have access to clean water out in the wildness and you need to sterilize a wound, you can do it with urine. While it may not sound like a pleasant choice, it is sterile – although not a disinfectant – but it can be used to clean out a cut or wound. You can also keep a clean Ziploc bag filled with sterile water for dangerous situations. If the need for clean water arises, you can punch a tiny hole in the bag and squeeze out clean water to wash out a wound or cut.

If you don’t have any antiseptic with you, there are also some places you can look in the wilderness for it. Pine sap, for example, is known for being a natural antiseptic, says Wilderness Survival, so if you are able to find a pine tree, you can likely find lumps of sap to help sanitize a wound. If you have a cut or wound that requires stitches but don’t have any material available to make stitching possible, superglue can be used to close a wound in a pinch. Just made sure you have cleaned and disinfected the wound first, then apply a small amount of superglue around the edges of it to close it and keep it protected from the surrounding environment.

Obviously, you should always make an effort to obtain real medical treatment whenever possible, but in a wilderness emergency, these tips can help you survive until you can receive professional help.

Whether fishing, hunting or hiking, stay safe out there and happy exploring from Tom and Michel!