How to Dress a Shop Wound





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:

Butterfly bandages
Large bandages

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 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Man I needed to find this years ago!

    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 :)


    iodine (I) is toxic. unrecommended.

    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 :-)

    6 replies

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

    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.

    Super Glue was originally made to close up wounds in WWII.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

    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.

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

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

    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. ;-)

    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

    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...

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

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

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