How to Clean and Sew an Open Wound

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You're deep in the woods on a sightseeing or camping trip. You're walking along when all of a sudden something slashes your leg wide open. You're miles away from a hospital but this wound needs stitches. Here's what you do.

Things You'll Need

  • Fire
  • Needle
  • Something thread-like
  • A makeshift bandage
  • First thing to do is clean out the wound. Doctors say to flush it out with clean water for at least 3 minutes. If you have a first aid kit, use some iodine to help clean it out.

  • Next, take a needle and hold it over a flame. Thread the needle with whatever you can use. Fishing line would be great here.

  • Okay, time for the real pain. Take your needle and begin sewing as far away from the cut as the wound is deep. Cut it off and tie a knot every 1/4 inch.

  • Now, take whatever you have for a bandage and wrap the wound.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you get back into civilization, don't try to be Rambo. Get to a doctor as soon as you can.
  • If you're camping for the next few days after you've been cut, make sure to clean and re-wrap the wound every day. Otherwise you risk infection and possibly gangrene.
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