Today for this article we are doing some first aid and we’re doing some first. You also know that I crashed and burned on my bike and I got tore up and it’s pretty good.
So right now, we’re just gonna do some first aid and we’re going to take care of some of these cuts and lacerations here. I’ll tell you what, not very pleasant, basically what happened.
We bite about 18 miles to the top of the white top from Damascus on the creeper trail, we had turned around and were heading back down the mountain.
The truth is I was flying. I was doing over 20 miles an hour with my mountain bike, and I came around the corner and hit a rock and a big rock.
It just threw me over my handlebars and I’d say what always wear a helmet. Guys, it’s stupid to ride a bike and not wear your helmet. I landed right on my head right here, basically.
But as I came down, of course, my hands hit the ground, scrape the skin off here. I rolled over, smashed my elbow, scratch it up here and my shoulder.
So, you know I was very lucky and the truth is I don’t even hurt that bad. I’m not even sore. So that’s a good crack. That’s pretty awesome.
But let me go ahead here and show you, my hands. Let me show you what I’m talking about and then we’ll focus on the first day.
Here we go, are my hands and as you can see there, a lot of that skin was removed. You can see those dark spots and that is actual dirt.
That’s still underneath the skin and of course, all of these wounds right here were just packed full of dirt and rock.
Very painful, not very bad on this hand a little bit. I was able to get most of the rocks and stuff out, but there’s still some there here on my elbow.
You can see it all scratched up. There’s still some dirt in here, but as you can tell, it’s not infected. And I’ll explain that to you just a little bit back of the arm.
Torn up a little bit but not too shabby. There’s my shoulder smashed it pretty good. Took some skin off, but luckily, no dirt was able to get into that.
So, in addition to my hands, my arm, my shoulder, I also tore up my leg a little bit, but really, as I said, it wasn’t too bad. It could have been a heck of a lot worse when it came to the crash.
So, now it’s important to know how to treat road rash problems.
Use First Aid
These wounds here, the most painful part was digging all the dirt out of these cuts. I’ll tell you. That is extremely painful, but you have to do it.
You have to get that stuff out. Otherwise, you were looking at a very high chance of infection. Go ahead and show the hand. One more time as you could see there, it looks pretty darn good.
If you’re like me, I get wounded often enough. I’m always outdoors. It happens things slip, sometimes your trip, whatever.
Now, if you have a cut, but the easiest way to tell if you have an infection is it red and I’m not talking about the wound itself. I’m talking about around the wounds. If you have an infection, usually it will be very sore.
It’ll be puffy full of pus. Just nasty indeed. As you can see here. The wounds are red where the skin’s gone, but around the wounds, it’s not, that means I’ve been doing a good job of taking care of.
It’s not infected. That’s awesome. Now what I’m gonna show you guys is how I’m going to take care of this.
I’m a doctor up my hand and protected now with these big open wounds, I must make sure that keep them sterile.
I need to have antibiotic cream on here. I do not want to get this infected. I want this to heal as fast as possible because even though this doesn’t really hurt, this is hindering me from doing things that I want.
So, we’re going to do some first aid with items that are typically found in your first aid kit. The items that I have here have come out of one a month if it’s your mental first aid kit.
The first thing that we have here is a nonadherent sterile pad. Now I’ll tell you what guys, this is important.
This is what’s going to go against my hand and I’m gonna show you how we’ll put all this together. When it comes to the pad that you put against your wound, you want to use the very best sterile pad that you possibly have.
You want something that can go against your wound and that won’t stick to your wound, because if you have a wound on your body is going to ooze and stuff like this.
That also means that it has a possibility of drying. So, you want a pad that can go against your skin. That won’t adhere to that wound because of what’s going to happen.
You’re eventually going to have to take us off the dressing, you to clean it, whatever, if you peel that off, let’s say it’s toilet paper.
If you peel that off, it’s going to take your skin with it. So definitely you want to use the right stuff for the right job. Now, of course, if you don’t have a non-inherit pad.
You have to use what you have to use. That’s just how it goes. I mean, if you had nothing with toilet paper you can use it.
If you have a washcloth, use your wash, Schwab. We have the pad. We also have some antibiotic cream and this is just regular stuff that you could buy anywhere.
You can buy this in tubes. This is in a nice little package right here. It’s essentially the same thing as a triple antibiotic ointment, something like this that you can buy at Walgreens, whatever most first aid kits will have something like this.
You may have gauze. This is a pretty cool little product. This is what I personally like to carry in my first aid kits, because it’s stretchy, as you can see, which really makes it easy to bandage yourself up, but it also adheres to its self.
So, you don’t have to have any tape or anything like that, and let me go ahead. Let’s take care of this hand.
The first thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to start with our antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. And what I’m going to do here is just squirt this all over my wound.
So, I’m just going to cover up all of those wounds with our arms. So, as you can see there, now I’m going to take my pad and I’m going to put that on.
Usually, with these pads, there’s one side that goes on one side that doesn’t with this pad, which you may not be able to see. You could tell them this side actually has a kind of a piece of plastic in the middle.
So that means that it’s the opposite side that goes on. So basically, we’re just gonna lay that down over the top of my wound. Just like, so then it comes time to bandage it up and what I’m going to do here is pull out a good long chunk.
now, since I’m managing myself up, it is kind of difficult to hold this into place, but say if you’re at home or if you have some tape in your first aid kit.
Lay that over your pad and tape it on and then begin wrapping yourself up and let’s say you don’t have the tape. Just go ahead and hold it down with your fingers.
go back over the bottom. As you can see. Now I’m going to go over my hand between my thumb before finger back around and back over and I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to waste this.
There we go. And there is my hand fully protected taken care of. Now I’m in pretty good shape. All right. That feels pretty darn good.
Basically, I took a washcloth that I had in my pack and I ended up scraping as much of that dirt out as I possibly could let me tell you it hurt like a son of a gun.
I promise you it did, but it’s just something you have to do. So, scrape it out, bandage it up the best I could I’d have. I had a small first aid kit with me, so that right there basically gave me enough time to finish the ride.
Get home and then take care of it the proper way. So, my friends, that’s it and If you have any questions for me, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know and if you want to know more you can visit OutdoorXsports.