Nobody likes to think about workshop injuries, but it's good to know how to handle them when they come about. Make Magazine put together a list of how to handle four of the most common injuries you'll likely to see.
Photo by Mark Evans.
For any emergency, you'll want to assess the situation and call triple 0 as soon as possible, but what you do in the meantime is important. Here's what Make covers:
- Severed finger: Wrap the wound in fabric, then wrap the finger in fabric and drop it in ice.
- Skewered: If someone gets an object jammed in them, it's a bit terrifying to see. Wrap a towel around the exposed object and get to a hospital. Don't remove it.
- Severe burn: Put a cool, wet cloth on the burn, don't apply any ointments and don't wrap it tightly with anything.
- Knocked out by blunt trauma: Don't move the person, check their heartbeat, apply CPR if necessary, and apply pressure with a cloth if they're bleeding.
Obviously there's a lot more to it, so head over to Make for more, and make sure your first aid knowledge is up to date as well.