We’ve all heard this story before: someone goes into the hospital for a minor operation, gets an infection, and ends up dying from it. Although this is rare, it does happen, and it’s a reminder of why it’s so important to sterilize medical instruments.
If you find yourself doing or assisting with minor surgery during a long-term disaster, you probably won’t be in a room as clean as a hospital operating room, which means it’s doubly important that everything that comes near an open wound be completely sterilized (not just clean, but sterile, which means there are absolutely no microbes). But what is the best way to do that?
Dr. Joe Alton answers this question on Backdoor Survival. Turns out there are 6 ways to do it. He writes, “The first step is to thoroughly wash any item you plan to reuse before you sterilize it. Using a soft plastic brush removes blood, tissue particles, and other contaminants that can make sterilization more difficult. Consider using gloves, aprons, and eye protection to guard against splatter.” Follow the link below to keep reading.