There's no comparison to using proven first aid or medical equipment designed specifically for treating an injury. However, numerous drastic situations can happen in life where you may find yourself without a trusty first aid kit, and medical attention is not something readily available, such as being lost in the middle of the wilderness.
When you have nothing but what you're carrying or what is around you, there are some things you can still do without a first aid kit. Let's explore to go about naturally treating injuries without first aid supplies.
Stop Blood Loss or Bleeding
If you have a bleeding wound, the first step is to assess the severity as quickly as possible. If it's minor bleeding, simply clean the wound with any unpolluted clean water source. Then place the most hygienic, soft, and absorbent material on the injury, such as paper towels or uncontaminated clothing if possible. Keep the fabric in place with any tape or a torn strip of cloth tied around it, but not so tightly to cut off blood flow entirely.
For deep, profusely bleeding wounds, it is essential to stem blood loss as soon as possible. Elevate the body part about the head and keep pressure on the head either by using material or hand if nothing else is available. A tourniquet can be made out of everyday items, such as a belt or cloth. Just remember to use something as clean as possible.
Stabilize Broken Bones
When a broken bone occurs, many of us, either through media representation or instinct, want to attempt to realign it. This is something you should not do, and in fact, avoid it at all costs. Broken bones are extremely sharp, and although they do need to be reset to heal properly—this needs to be done by a medical professional. Otherwise, if you attempt to reset a bone by yourself, the chances of lacerating blood vessels and muscles, as well as disfigurement, is extremely high if set incorrectly.
In this situation, the best thing to do is to keep the bone steady, stabilized, and raised above where the heart sits to reduce swelling. If you have ice or anything cold, applying that will also help to lessen the swelling and lower further damage.
A burn retains a lot of heat on the skin, so it is vital to cool down the area as much as possible; otherwise, further damage can continue. Locate cool or cold running water to place the wound in. Try to wrap the burn after in something that will keep out potential contaminants but will also not stick to the injury itself.
When it comes to the best option, however, carrying a first aid kit with you will always provide you better chances at treating injuries—but we understand that sometimes life doesn't always give us time to be prepared. Hopefully, these tips will help you in dire situations.