WOUND CARE

Scuba Diving - - TRAIN -

Most in­juries we en­counter while div­ing are mi­nor and can be ad­dressed with ba­sic first aid. Con­trol Bleed­ing If the wound ap­pears to be within your scope of ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing, con­trol bleed­ing by ap­ply­ing pres­sure di­rectly to the in­jured area. Ab­sorbent ma­te­ri­als such as gauze or rags can be help­ful. El­e­vate the wound to help slow bleed­ing; if bleed­ing isn’t slow­ing af­ter a few min­utes, the wound re­quires im­me­di­ate pro­fes­sional at­ten­tion.

Pre­vent In­fec­tion Clean the wound thor­oughly — ir­ri­gate with clean wa­ter, re­move any vis­i­ble de­bris, and use an al­co­hol wipe or clean cloth with soap and wa­ter to scrub around the wound site.

Dress and Ban­dage Af­ter a wound has been ad­dressed and cleaned, it must be pro­tected. Use an ad­he­sive ban­dage or gauze and tape (or in a pinch, scraps of clean T-shirt ma­te­rial) to cover the wound and pro­tect it from in­fec­tion. The ocean is chock-full of bac­te­ria, and even mi­nor cuts and scrapes sus­tained while div­ing are likely to get in­fected. Watch for post-in­jury symp­toms such as fever, red streak­ing, fa­tigue, or aches and pains — these are signs of pos­si­ble in­fec­tion.

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