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BACKPACKER First Aid Center

From splinting a broken leg to duct taping a bloody wound, the BACKPACKER First Aid Center is an invaluable resource for backcountry first aid.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

(Photo by Genny Fullerton)
(Photo by Genny Fullerton)

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: How to Treat a Fractured Leg
Stabilize an injured leg with a sleeping pad and a few T-shirts.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: How to Treat a Gaping Wound
Here's how to stop the bleeding, close the wound, and prevent infection.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: How to Treat a Blister
Learn how to fix this common hiking ailment correctly and you'll be back on the trail in no time.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: How to Treat a Fractured Arm
Learn how to improvise a splint with common backpacking gear.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: How to Treat a Sprained Ankle
Add support and reduce swelling in 5 easy steps.

VIDEO: Treating Bloody Wounds
Learn how to treat bleeding cuts, and you just might save your hiking partner's life–or your own.

VIDEO: Treating Broken Bones
If you know how to diagnose, treat, and splint a broken leg with camping gear, you'll better your odds for survival.

VIDEO: Preventing & Treating Hypothermia
Prevent the deep chill by learning how to spot and treat hypothermia in the backcountry.

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Apr 15, 2011

Is there a safety feature about wasps, bees, hornets aftercare following stings, and, especially those that love the woods but are allergic to them.
It would make a nice article, personally speaking.

Leyton Wright
Dec 28, 2010

Would it be possible to get a CD of the five slike shows and three videos. Would be helpful in trainning.
Leyton Wright

Sep 20, 2010

This just doesn't help me unless it's in PDF format so I can take it with me printed or on my e-reader.. I can never remember this stuff when I need to.

Jeremy Joslin, MD
Oct 09, 2009

Just to correct another comment listed here: It is always OK to use antibiotic ointment/cream no matter the time from definitive care. While it's true that I use time in my judgement for whether or not to sew closed a wound someone presents to the ER with, it's not a hard rule that 24 hours is the cut-off.

Finally, I would never recommend spitting anything into an open wound...

Oct 09, 2009

You can't get a "gaping wound" if you're conscious when in the bush...
If you aren't the conscious type, the best advice on "gaping wounds", is "stay the hell out of the bush"...

If a master gets a nasty wound, he chews a bit of birch bark, and spits it on the wound.. the alum will close it faster than all the modern medical crap...

But the master doesn't need alum.. he thinks the blood flow to the area off.. and in a couple seconds it stopped bleeding...
But I sometimes forget that humanity can't think that deep in their asylum-world...

In topic "gaping wounds", I've seen novice campers using axes whilst glancing all around to see what others are doing... They're the ones who get those insane wilderness wounds... Essentially those wounds are "self-inflicted" acting by absolute-stupidity...

Bottom-line in this matter, is the lesson the scrap metal yard owner taught me while I was searching his metal piles, for specific shapes...
He told me "Always take each step in your mind before you actually take that step, and you won't have any accidents...

Oct 08, 2009

On the gaping wound the antibiotic cream / ointment is only going to be scrubbed off when you get to advanced treament it is OK if you are more than 24hrs out from advanced medical care, but don't use it if you can reach care in nder 24 hrs t only complicates getting sewn up. After 24 hrs. they can't safely stitch you up.


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