Dealing with sharp and dangerous objects at work is a common occurrence for many people. Chainsaw operators are among this group. The chainsaw is a complex tool to operate and has the potential to cause a severe injury if not used correctly. Open wounds and puncture wounds are the common injuries caused by a chainsaw. The majority of chainsaw wounds are deep and severe. At times, the bones and tendons can be affected, as well as the skin. That is why correct first aid has a considerable role to play in the prevention of injuries, as well as minimizing pain.
First Aid For A Chainsaw Wound
A chainsaw wound tends to be serious and can look rather scary. For most people, such an injury can trigger panic. Regardless of this, first aid is a necessity to ensure the wound does not become infected. Several points need to be taken into consideration:
The bleeding must be stopped. If the skin has come into contact with a sharp blade, significant bleeding may be present. Further bleeding could lead to increased health problems, so stopping the bleeding is a must. By elevating the wounded part of the body higher than the heart the bleeding can be stopped. The body part can be supported with the use of towels, pillows, clothes and so forth. This will stop the blood from gathering around the wound and hence aid in allowing the blood to clot more quickly.
The wound needs to be cleaned. For chainsaw injuries this is a vital step. A chainsaw injury wound is less likely to be a clean wound. Use sterilized tweezers to remove any debris from the wound. Since iodine can both damage the skin tissues and make the healing process slower, it is best to simply use cool water. You can also apply an antibiotic ointment using antibiotic powder (from grounded antibiotic tablets). This step is vital in minimizing the risk of a bacterial infection.
Get the wound covered. You may have heard that a wound is best left open to breathe. Actually, it is better to cover the wound and keep the moisture in. In this environment new skin cells can grow and help to repair the skin.
Get medical help. Small chainsaw or steel cutting band saw machine wounds that are shallow may be able to be treated at home. However, a more severe wound will need further care. Chainsaws can be dirty and transfer bacteria into the wound which in turn can cause an infection. If the injured person has not had a tetanus jab in the past 10 years, this risk will be heightened. If tetanus develops, the result can be fatal. A medical practitioner will be able to decide on the suitable treatment for the chainsaw wound.
Risk of infection. While the healing process may take a while, medications can help the area to repair itself. However, any sign of infection needs to be carefully monitored. Fever, nausea, pus, swelling, continuous redness and other such signs should be mentioned to the doctor. Such signs can indicate infection and need immediate attention.
Get plenty of healthy foods. During the period that a wound is healing, getting the right food is important. This will allow the body to have the right nutrient to get the healing process underway. Water, fruits and vegetables, in the right amounts will give your body the support it needs to heal the wounded area.