17 Dec '11, 4pm

Common First-Aid Mistakes | 10 Common First-Aid Mistakes | Care2 Healthy Living

Common First-Aid Mistakes | 10 Common First-Aid Mistakes | Care2 Healthy Living

Picture this: You’re walking through the woods behind your house and are bitten by a rattlesnake. What would you do? John Wayne probably would have pulled out his penknife, sliced the bite wound, sucked out the venom, and tied on a tourniquet. But that’s the wrong approach for anyone except a silver-screen cowboy. Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes 1. Myth: Cut a snakebite “The safest thing to do for snakebite is just splint the limb and go to the hospital,” says Christopher P. Holstege, M.D., an emergency medicine doctor and toxicology expert. “Cutting the bite wound could sever tendons, nerves or arteries or increase the risk of infection, and tourniquets are risky,” Dr. Holstege explains. Dr. Holstege recommends the right approaches for the following first-aid myths . 2. Myth: Put butter on a burn . Reality: If you apply butter or another substance to a serious burn, you c...

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