Cuts and puncture wounds: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.

Medline has just about the best information for emergency wound care I’ve seen.

You can’t go wrong if you follow these guidelines.

Remember…

  • Hydrogen Peroxide is not recommended for washing wounds
  • Do not use Alcohol
  • Wash wounds with mild foamy soap and water.-Use lather to help wash dirt away and protect the wound.
  • Rinse with mild cold water stream.
  • Pat dry, holding pressure if needed.

Seek emergency treatment if bleeding does not stop after 10 min of direct pressure or if bone is visible.

Wound Care: Your Essential First Aid Care Guide to Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns.

WebMD has put together a simple, easy to follow Wound Care Guide with reliable information from a variety of trusted sources.

I especially like the slideshows highlighting wound care basics, first aid essentials, bandaging and the do’s and don’ts of wound care.

However, I will add the caveat that you will not find any suggestion or mention of alternative medicines or treatments for wounds, pain or emotional trauma at the WebMD site.

Here are the items I find essential:

  1. Vitamin C High Potency Powder – 1 gm per dose

  2. Children’s Benedryl Chewable or Liquid

  3. B&T Arnica 200 ck Homeopathic Tabs

  4. Ibuprofen

  5. Tylenol 500mg

  6. Aspirin 325mg

  7. “>Weleda Arnica massage oil

  8. “>Herbal Ed’s Salve

  9. Lavender and/or Geranium Oil

  10. Flexible Fabric Bandaids or occlusive bandaid or

  11. While traveling by train in France one summer, the Conductor got smashed in the ear by falling luggage. He suffered a large gash on his ear which was bleeding profusely as he walked through my car. When I saw him I pulled out my First Aid Kit, told him I was a nurse in broken French, sat him down and bandaged his ear.
    A French Woman sitting across from me with her family, looked at me and said” why do you carry such a thing when you travel?” I replied, “so I could fix his ear!”

    Remember to pack your own little First Aid kit, you’ll never know when it’ll come in handy…

Save Your Knees: From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Did you know that the knee is the largest, most complex joint in the body?

Anyone who has ever suffered a knee injury knows it is also one of the joints most vital to movement and most easily injured.

Approximately 19 million people a year visit their physicians with knee pain, and orthopaedic surgeons are more likely to treat a knee injury than any other orthopaedic injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has a website dedicated to the care, treatment and prevention of injury for knees for all ages.

btw…as a long time operating room nurse, I want to point out, the best way to get a referral to a bone doctor (or any doctor for that matter) is through word of mouth. If you are in the unfortunate position of having to go into the emergency room for treatment, you will not have a choice as to who treats you because the doctor on call will be responsible for your care.

My advice…ask the nurse taking care of you which doctor they would have treat their own family.

If it is not the surgeon on call, or the nurse is hesitant to say anything good about the surgeon on call, you might ask for another referral. Better yet, find your own if your condition is not life or limb threatening.

I have worked with many great orthopaedic surgeons, and unfortunately, I have worked with some surgeons who I wouldn’t let touch me with a 10 foot pole!

Just because you are injured and in pain, does not mean you have no choice in your care. Be informed and get the best care possible!