Emergency Prep & Outdoor Survival
No matter the type of terrain, type of machine you’re riding or the level the skill you have, an accident could happen. Even if you’re wearing protective gear, you may find yourself hurt and unable to ride. Additionally, once you get some practice time in, you’ll probably want to start exploring adventurous backcountry locations - AKA, places where roads and hospitals aren’t. Ì
You don’t have to be a doctor to be useful out there - you just need to know the first steps of medical response.
Cuts and Bleeding
A minor cut from from a sharp branch or jagged rock is manageable but severe bleeding from a serious laceration will kill you in just a few minutes. Here’s what to do with a bad cut:
- Apply pressure directly to the cut area.
- Cover the wound with gauze or with a clean cloth.
- Push down firmly with the palm of your hand to stop the bleeding.
- Once the first piece begins to soak through with blood, add another piece of gauze or cloth on top. Don’t replace the first one, leave it there to protect the wound and to help staunch the bleeding.
- Continue applying firm pressure. If the wound is on your arm or your leg, raise the limb in the air to reduce the bleeding.
- Once the bleeding slows down, get to a hospital for additional help. You may need a doctor to sew you up.