Know Before You Go into the wild – Field guide to emergency care in the wilderness

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Just2know : There is no knowledge that is not power
Just2know : There is no knowledge that is not power

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Chapter 1

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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“Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.”

—JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU

You’re walking along a trail when you nearly step on a snake. It darts out its head and bites you on the leg. What should you do?

You’re at camp chopping firewood for your evening campfire. The axe slips and gashes your leg. How can you stop the bleeding?

While cooking dinner over the fire, you pick up a hot pan and burn your hand.

What’s the best treatment?

These are all situations you may encounter in the wilderness, and all of them require knowledge of first-aid techniques. But treating injuries and illnesses in the wild isn’t something you should attempt without a little planning and education. Being prepared means you are more likely to stay calm and to do the right thing.

 

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