How to Dress a Shop Wound

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Introduction: How to Dress a Shop Wound

Accidentally slice your hand open while working on an instructables project? No worries, here's an other instructable to patch you back up.

This is an account of my road to recovery after cutting myself while working on my victorian lamp instructable.

Photographs by Kiki Brown

Step 1: Start by Working on an Instructables Project

Believe it or not, the exacto knife isn't how I injured myself.

Step 2: Severely Cut Yourself

My method of choice was somehow drilling into my thumb from 8 inches away.

Step 3: Be Slightly Frightened

Being surprised after injuring one's self is a normal reaction. Just don't lose it too much.

Step 4: Apply Pressure

Hold a bandage against the wound and apply pressure until the bleeding stops.

Step 5: Find the First Aid Kit

Find the meager supply of first aid that has been pillaged over the years by other college students.

Step 6: Clean the Wound

Find a friend that doesn't mind inflicting even more pain on you to pour hydrogen peroxide on the wound.

Step 7: Call the Hospital

See how long the wait at the emergency room is.

Mine would have been four hours, so I decided to tough it out on my own.

Step 8: For the Next Part You Will Need:

Neosporin
Advil
Butterfly bandages
Large bandages
Gauze

and a massive gash.

Step 9: Apply the Butterfly Bandages

Pull the wound closed with as many butterfly stitches as needed.

Step 10: Disinfect

To stave off infection, apply a generous amount of neosporin.

Step 11: Wrap It Up

Wrap gauze around the wound.

Step 12: Hold Gauze on With Tape

Wrap the stretchy tape around the gauze to keep it in place.

Step 13: Take Painkillers, Cus It's Gonna Hurt

In a few minutes the throbbing may set in, and then you will have wished that you would have taken painkillers fifteen minutes sooner.

Step 14: Verbally Abuse the Instrument of Your Demise

Celebrate being in one piece again by getting mad at the thing that put you in this situation in the first place.

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    52 Comments

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    dudes
    dudes

    6 years ago

    Man I needed to find this years ago!

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    Cabe
    Cabe

    12 years ago on Introduction

    All that fuss! bog roll and gaffer tape is where its at.

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    RangerJ
    RangerJ

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I was going to say the same thing, only I was going to say it in American: Toilet paper and duct tape.

    Same idea, though :)

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    AT4
    AT4

    11 years ago on Introduction

     PS

    iodine (I) is toxic. unrecommended.

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    wobblestar
    wobblestar

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I use superglue to stitch myself! Push the wound edges together, then put a series of small drops at intervals of about 5mm across the wound (not a continuous run, and not IN the wound). FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT a recommendation. DON'T DO THIS :-)

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    thepelton
    thepelton

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    My Late Mother used to close wounds with Super Glue because she was allergic to the adhesive in Band Aids.

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    thepelton
    thepelton

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I might use Super Glue if it was bleeding badly, and couldn't find another more traditional thing to stanch the blood. From what I recall about what I had learned from a long ago first aid class, stopping the flow of blood is paramount. Worrying about such things as cleanliness or possible interactions is secondary.

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    Plasmana
    Plasmana

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, really don't do that again, super glue has some really nasty stuff in it...

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    Fildain
    Fildain

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Super Glue was originally made to close up wounds in WWII. So it is not uncommon to do.

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    Plasmana
    Plasmana

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, then I guess super glue is okay it it touches skin...

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    wobblestar
    wobblestar

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Wasn't designed for this purpose, but was used for wounds first in the Vietnam war. Medical superglue is slightly different to store-bought superglue. I picked up how to stitch wounds with superglue from an emergency room medic in the UK (via CIX ... anyone here know/remember CIX?) I now keep a tube in the first aid kit. I've repaired a few major cuts (which would have been stitched if I went to a medic) successfully. I'm still on the planet ... and alive.

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    adome
    adome

    12 years ago on Step 7

    Hydrogen peroxide is not good for wounds. It will burn and ripped skin and kill it for sure. Iodine is what you needed.

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    DaNerd11
    DaNerd11

    12 years ago on Introduction

    interesting how it looks like you are going to stab yourself again with the instrument of your demise on the last picture :)

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    paganwonder
    paganwonder

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Stitching yourself or your buddy up is always fun. Watch for signs of infection - swelling, redness, heat, purulant(pus) drainage- left untreated you could end up having parts of yourself surgically removed. Please seek medical attention for puncture wounds- gangrene bites! Once the bleeding stops, an urgent care clinic is a much better option than the ER. Just a couple thoughts from a very experienced Registered Nurse. ;-)

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    fidgety2
    fidgety2

    12 years ago on Introduction

    wow this is very helpful I had a very similar incident to yours jhglessons only the drillbit actually snapped on me and almost cut my finger off the local doctor took me over 2 other people who had been waiting for 2 hours ;) I needed rehabilitation and surgery

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    merryleg
    merryleg

    12 years ago on Step 14

    I'm not alone in shop mishaps! But, while a fun instruction, I'd recommend not using hydrogen peroxide... irrigate the wound with water to wash out debris. (Hydrogen peroxide can cause cell damage and make healing time longer). An antibacterial ointment is a good thing to do...

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    =SMART=
    =SMART=

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Haha, Very funny but also informative ! Good pictures too !

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    lanceroni_123
    lanceroni_123

    12 years ago on Introduction

    use superglue and butterfly bandages. minimize your scar and heal faster

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    daedric
    daedric

    12 years ago on Introduction

    You should make one for wounds on your head. Like a band saw blade breaks and gives you a nick to the'ol noggin.