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As every Monday, we can’t wait to share information with you about topics that could be interesting even for the most experienced traveller. It is common to find yourself in a borderline or potentially dangerous situation in many ways, when you go off the track, around the world, or even in any domestic environment – it is renowned that most serious incidents do happen at homes.

Therefore, here you go our weekly section, handing out to you people some useful information, on things you might not know, but you might need.


Getting hurt is just so easy, and open wounds are sneaky and serious: in some cases you could experience generous blood loss and they could become infected. Infection is caused by the bacteria on the object causing the wound, on clothing or any other material or dirt touching the skin. In fact, infections are, at present, one of the very most common death causes in the Philippines, after the Haiyan typhoon. So how should you treat them?

#1: remove clothing away from wound

#2: rinse (but not scrub) with clean water.

#3: let it open in order to drain the pus resulting from possible infection. Do not try to suture.

#4: if the wound is gaping, you should bring the edges together with a tape cut in the middle in order to get a thinner tape in the middle and a thicker one at the two edges

#5:cover with a dressing and then on top of the latter, put a bandage. All material should be as sterile as possible.

#6: if the wound becomes clearly infected (you experience temperature, pain, swollen body part, feel weak and so on) apply a warm compress for 30 minutes, three times a day You can rub garlic as it is a strong antiseptic. Alternatively, melt Iodine tablets or salt in a liter of water and rinse thoroughly or soak in a clean fabric and  put on the wound as dressing.

We would like to remind you all, that the EMERGENCY FUND for the Philippines is open: support us and the Filipino population in such needy situation, after the terrible typhoon Haiyan. Help us help them!

Last modified: 25/11/2013