I keep a first aid kit handy in the shop. It's a plastic case with 10
or so boxes inside. The boxes hold the usual stuff: gauze, triangular
bandage, bandage compress, tape. &tc. Each box ix securely wrapped in
This morning my daughter put a nasty cut on her finger. It wasn't
deep but it was bleeding profusely.
I pulled out the box with the bandage compress and went to open it.
The damn plastic cover on the box was so sturdy that I couldn't tear
it open or split it at the seams wit my hands. I used a razor knife.
If I had a shop accident in which I cut my hand or fingers, I don't
think I wouldv'e been able to open the damn box. The thought of
bleeding out with an unopened compress in my hand kinna' spooks me.
Yup, it could have been worse. Guess you're going to have to take your
preparedness a little further. I keep a first aid kit too, but I know
mine's been opened because the first thing I did when I got it was to
add a few things like tweezers for splinters, better scissors for
cutting bandages and stuff like that.
A fellow boat builder up in Portland is also an ER Doc.
His take on most first aid kits is they are very much an
over priced collection of band aids.
He is very much in favor of assembling your own kit which
should include a bottle of betadine to sterilize open wounds,
tools, gauze pads and tape.
When I cut my finger on the table saw the doctor told me to do something
that makes sense but I had never heard it before. He said that before
you place the dressing on the wound cover it with one of the petroleum
jelly based three in one antibiotic creams.
This does two things, the most obvious it helps fight infections. The
petroleum jelly keeps the scabs soft and less likely to get stuck in the
bandage and pulled off. It works like a charm.
That is what the roll of paper towels in the shop is for. Since it is
on a roll it is relatively clean, though not sterile. When your finger
is bleeding like a new oil well, a wad of paper towels is great compress
until you can get the proper treatment or help.
Worked for me when I cut my fingers on the saw. Good think was I got
minimal blood on the shop floor, and none on the piece I was cutting or
On Sunday, February 24, 2013 1:46:10 PM UTC-6, Doug Winterburn wrote:
Timely advice for me. I just had a couple of teeth extracted. The dentist
sent me home with a supply of gauze pads to soak up blood and stop the ble
eding. He told me that if the bleeding seemed to persist, replace the pad
with a dampened tea bag inside of gauze, but he didn't think I would bleed
Long story, short I did continue to bleed into the evening so I tried the t
ea bag trick and the bleeding stopped within 20-30 minutes (I skipped the g
auze because even as big as my mouth is, everything didn't fit). Doesn't t
aste bad if you like hot tea.
sent me home with a supply of gauze pads to soak up blood and stop the bleeding.
He told me that if the bleeding seemed to persist, replace the pad with a
dampened tea bag inside of gauze, but he didn't think I would bleed very long.
bag trick and the bleeding stopped within 20-30 minutes (I skipped the gauze
because even as big as my mouth is, everything didn't fit). Doesn't taste bad
if you like hot tea.
Heard about that, but never tried it. We are not tea drinkers, but have
tea bags for visitors on hand all the time. Based on your above, a few
bags of same are heading out to the shop first aid kit when I finish
typing this. Taking an anti-coagulant and aspirin and have been warned
about the side effects. As well as getting older not being for sissies,
and it also takes more due diligence. ;)
... thanks for jogging my memory!
This is something I know about. I used to work with an herbalist and some
One of the standard treatments for bleeding in folk medicine is stinging
nettle leaf; This stuff is great at stopping bleeding any way you apply it.
You can buy it in capsule form, even concentrated, which is even better.
You just take some whenever bleeding is happening or has the potential to
happen. You can open a capsule and apply the nettle leaf directly to a
wound. I have stopped a number of "bleeders" by doing that. I am sure you
can get it in tea bags as well.
Also, nettle leaf tea is often consumed by folks who are bleeding. Some
bleeding in the mouth? Just take the tea into the mouth and let it sit
there for awhile.
I should point out that there is also nettle root supplements. Although
this has healing qualities, IT IS A BLOOD THINNER!! Not to be taken if
bleeding is a problem.
Many people just take nettle leaf supps every day and load up on them if
there is any bleeding.
Another herb is tien chi or tienchi or tien chi ginseng or noto ginseng.
This is a Chinese herb that is used by their military. The Viet Cong used
it. If they got shot, they put this on the wound and took it internally.
It stopped the bleeding. It is more expensive, but it very effective.
Neither the nettle leaf or the tienchi add to "clotting". Their mechanism
of stopping the bleeding is not understood very well. But it works. And it
does not add to clotting or any kind of arterial blockage. I keep both of
them on the shelf. I have always had chronic nose bleeds and these herbs
keeps it in check.
Any way, if you are interested in this, just drop me an email and we can
Being an electrician I've always done well with Paper Towels and
electrical tape. To renew our license we have to have 24 CEU. One 4
hr. class is First Aid so you have a valid First Aid card on the job.
The paramedic who teaches it always recommends adding Kotex to your
emergency kit as it makes a great compress.
One of the reasons those blue, disposable shop towels are always on
hand/in the dispenser, and handy.
Add in a wife who absentmindedly locks the back door while you're in the
shop (the other point of egress is the driveway gate, always locked) ...
it takes three hands to apply enough pressure to stop/control the
bleeding (especially if you're on a blood thinner), and operate a key in
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