This pro-tip will show you how to treat a penetrative foreign object.
Foreign Object embedded/penetrating in the body (e.g. arms, legs, head, eye)
These will generally be in the major wound category and Medical attention will always be required, I would strongly recommend as soon as someone approaches you with an embedded object in them to either call an ambulance or get them to hospital.
***DO NOT REMOVE OR MOVE THE OBJECT***
***DO NOT PUT PRESSURE ON THE OBJECT***
We cannot see what damage has been caused internally by the object so we cannot remove it, and pressure should not be placed on it for the same reason. The only time you would consider trying to move the object by shortening it would be if the object is unmanageable in it’s current form (e.g. the person has impaled themselves on a long branch).
Follow the tips below for any embedded/penetrating object
-Take a triangle bandage and stretch it out
– hold onto the long ends and start to twirl it so it looks more like a rope.
– Loosely wrap it around your hand, this will provide you with the donut shape.
Don’t worry about how pretty it looks, it just needs to hold its shape so that we can fit it over the object and bandage it in place with one of the other bandages.
– Place the donut over the protruding object without placing pressure on the object itself
– Using a bandage, start wrapping over the triangle bandage while avoiding direct pressure to the embedded object.
This would be the same treatment anywhere on the body, including the eye. Be sure to seek urgent medical attention, and keep the injured person calm and still so that they don’t cause further damage to the limb. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have bandages, items of clothing or material can be substituted for the bandages shown here.