DIY: How to dress a wound using super glue or liquid stitches
Sometimes accidents happen that end with some deep cuts. One could run to the ER and contribute to the backed up wait list and over inflated price of care but why do that when it can be done safely at home. Note: I am not a doctor, nurse or any other type of medical professional. I have come up with this process after having been stitched and dress many times in the hospital and in the field. It is extremely important to keep everything super sterile. These instructions are for the part after the bleeding is stopped.
- Gather your supplies. Paper towels to stop the bleeding, acetaminophen for pain relief, peroxide to flush the would of dirt and debris, rubbing alcohol to sterilize the wound and any instrument used, triple antibiotic to keep the wound sealed and an adhesive gauze pad or band-aid.
- Take some pain reliever.
- Flush the wound. Use plenty of peroxide. Let it fizz and bubble all the dirt out. Use a paper towel to pull embedded dirt out. A queue-tip can also be useful.
- Sterilize a razor and shave away excess hair. This step is semi-optional. Hair can be dirty and get in a wound and can make replacing bandages more painful than needed. It only takes a few seconds and if the bleeding is under control then take the time to do it.
- Sterilize wound with ALCOHOL. Yes, alcohol and yes it hurts but you will be glad you did it when your cut isn’t infected and turning green. Flushing with alcohol does a few different things, it kills bacteria and helps dry the surrounding area making way for the liquid stitching to stick.
- Apply the Liquid Stitch. Pinch the wound shut to keep stitches from going inside the wound. Place a small drop in the center that covers both sides of the cut. Place more dots on either side of the center dot working out towards the end. Note: do not cover the entire wound, it needs to be able to seep a little as it heals.
- Keep wound pinched closed while it dries. Do not let the liquid stitching go inside the wound!
- Coat the wound with Triple Antibiotic. This stuff helps keep the healing environment sterile and also helps reduce some pain. Keep applying it throughout the day until the wound has healed.
- Seal the area with a bandage. This helps keep dirt and other possible infections from getting in the wound. It’s really only necessary at first. After a day or so you want the air to get to the wound and help finish the healing.