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Duct Tape in your First Aid Kit

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We all know that Duct tape can be used to repair many things, but did you know that you can use it to repair yourself? Consider putting duct tape in your first air kit the next time you go hiking. Read along and see how duct tape can remedy and prevent a variety of injuries. 
 
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Step 1: Bandage

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Materials
Duct Tape
Gauze
Scissors (optional)

You've wounded yourself. You tripped while hiking and skinned your knee or you cut your hand rock climbing. You need a bandage. 

Determine the size of the wound to be covered. Make sure the wound is clean of dirt. If possible use antiseptic. Cut a length of gauze and fold it to the size of the wound. Then tear a piece of duct tape and place the gauze on the sticky side of the duct tape. Place the bandage on the wound with the gauze covering the wounded area.  

Step 2: Splinter Remover

Materials
Duct Tape

You have a splinter. You just had to walk barefoot through the soft green grass, and now have a sliver of wood embedded in your foot. Duct tape to the rescue. 

Splinters can be difficult to remove. Especially if they are smaller. Tear a piece of duct tape large enough to cover the area where the splinter is located. Place the duct tape over the splinter, being sure to cover it on all sides. Press the duct tape firmly down. Lift the duct tape away. This should lift the splinter out also. Be sure to clean and bandage the wound.
sunshiine3 years ago
This is my fave! Voted.
ehudwill (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you.
bajablue3 years ago
You get 5 stars for putting duct tape on your nose! ;-D
emclain25 months ago

This works, I used it on my daughter when she was young. It really does remove warts, and you don't have to use that nasty Compound W or have it frozen off.

pyromonkey2 years ago
Duct tape never ceases to amaze
lalexander3 years ago
duct tape works well for preventing blisters. apply it to the skin of your feet when hiking or hands when using tools like shovel or axe. apply at the first hint of a blister and you will save yourself grief later.
dhaw3 years ago
It matches your eyes!
dhaw3 years ago
I'm going to try that next time granny falls and breaks something.
luebkeb3 years ago
we call these "man-daids"
ehudwill (author)  luebkeb3 years ago
Nice name. I saw where 3M sells duct tape bandages.
Sabata ehudwill3 years ago
Cool! I'll key my eyes open for those.

BTW, electrical tape also makes a very good expedient bandage, in some cases even better than duct tape.

BTW #2, duct tape is indeed great on blister-prone areas. I used to use it on my heel/Achilles area when my work boots would start to rub. A piece on that area under my sock would totally eliminate the friction.
robertrwt3 years ago
it seems it also works as a painless varucia remover--takes about three or so weeks to kill off the virus
ehudwill (author)  robertrwt3 years ago
Yes, duct tape never ceases to amaze.
Very well done! Duct tape is a wondrous thing... your duct is even more wondrous - it matches the crayon that nobody uses... I wish I could get duct tape that colour :)... Thanks for sharing!
ehudwill (author)  rocketsurgery3 years ago
Thanks. My wife bought it for me. I really like the color also.
tab.3 years ago
You should never ever use just duct tape to treat a wound.
The low-oxygen environment created thereby is a breeding ground for tetanus-bacteria(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetanus). I don't know if the added gauze retains enough air to prevent this effectively or if punching some holes in the tape above the gauze would help.
Maybe a professional finds his way here and can comment on this.
Even if you are vaccinated there is no reason to make make it any easier for the little buggers.



ehudwill (author)  tab.3 years ago
Okay thanks for the tip. We never want to give any nasty diseases an advantage.
you beat me to it i was going to make the duct tape splinter remover!!!!
ehudwill (author)  RocketPenguin3 years ago
Sorry Tesla. You still have your death ray idea right? That might have a chance if it uses duct tape. :-)
hahaha i'll think of something!!
Never thought trying that while struggling to remove a splinter or thorn... If it's really efficient, maybe you should write it to have people get te idea and remind of it in case of need. Anyway thanks for the trick!
optiblah3 years ago
But make sure you don't squeeze the tick or else it might regurgitate it's meal together with some ingredients like virusses that cause lyme disease back into the wound.
Splendid ideas though! Thank you!
ehudwill (author)  optiblah3 years ago
Yes, good point. Nothing can ruin your day quite like being thrown up on by a tick.
LOL! ;-D
Worse, thrown up IN by a tick. :-(

(for that matter, thrown up IN by anything doesn't sound like a good day)
ehudwill (author)  Alderin3 years ago
Blergh. Yeah you're right.
abaneyone3 years ago
Excellent post! For sure I will use these suggestions! Thanks!
yosusie3 years ago
The basics I've got (bandages, spliters, splints) but kudos on the others! Never thought of making a sling completely out of duct tape. And as far as preventing blisters or calluses, I usually have to carry mechanics gloves, that's a pretty cool idea if I know I'm gonna work on something that'll cause it but I've got no gloves!

I worry about putting duct tape on my face though, my skin is pretty dry on my face sometimes and I'd be iffy on the taking off part. =\
puzka yosusie3 years ago
Hmmm, not 100% sure but I think rubbing oil of olives (or oil of babies) on the area around the duct tape and gradually massaging it under the edges will allow an easy 'lift off'
tabi puzka3 years ago
it would also work as a nice blackhead remover.. (and if your skin is dry and sentitive a full peeling)
ehudwill (author)  yosusie3 years ago
Thanks for the comment. I didn't have any problem taking it off my face, but my skin is oily.
cammers3 years ago
Has duct tape been tested for emergency bikini waxing?
You could add it to your list; all you need to do is find a willing guinea pig.
aris00 cammers3 years ago
Guinea pig? How about a kitty? Kitties can do it.
ehudwill (author)  cammers3 years ago
Ouch!