National Geographic : 1929 Feb
Wash When an accident happens, the cut whether shallow or deep should be washed clean as quickly as possible. Put enough soap into boiling water to make the water sudsy. When the water cools sufficiently wash out the wound with a sterilized gauze-pad or cloth. Cover with sterilized gauze. [ounds with soap NO wound is so slight that it may not become infected and cause death. If a wound which breaks the skin is not promptly and correctly treated, there may be immediate infection from germs that are found anywhere and everywhere-streptococcus, staphylococcus and saprophytes. It should be assumed that all accidental wounds may be infected. During the World War medical science discovered that by using pure soap and boiled water, fresh wounds, big and little, could be thoroughly cleansed, thereby reducing to a minimum the danger of infection. In other words, the germs were literally washed out of wounds. Small wounds, immediately cleansed and properly covered with sterilized gauze will, as a rule, heal very promptly with out further treatment. But if germs are covered over and bound into wounds, or are sealed in by drawing the skin to gether, infection is almost certain and serious complications may result. ^--- ---- ----- -- According to the latest available United States Census figures, septicemia (blood poisoning) was the direct cause of 1,178 deaths in the year 1925; and a contributing cause in more than seven times as many deaths. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will be glad to mail to each family one copy of its ^____________ _____ Water In applying soapy water to a new wound, it is best to use a pad of sterilized gauze. Any pure soap will do-liquid, soft or hard-but a liquid soap as free from alkali as may be obtained is best. Otherwise the wound may sting or smart. But the slight temporary discomfort caused by a liberal application of soap and water is of little consequence when compared with the protection afforded by a thorough cleansing. 11 RPIL, fr (h ulV*1-r - Common sense must determine how long a fresh wound should be washed. But remember always, the washing must be thorough so that the soap bubbles may do their part and lift the germs away from the flesh. The water carries the germs away. The wound must be clean before healing begins. Warm water that has been sterilized by boiling is safest and the utmost care should be taken to keep the fingers from coming in contact with the surface of the wound. Wash big or little wounds with soap and water at once-as a First Aid before the doctor comes. booklet, "First Aid in the Home". It tells how to sterilize cotton or linen cloth when sterilized gauze is not available and gives many other valuable First Aid directions. Ask for Booklet No. 29-N. It will be mailed without charge. HALEY FISKE, President. ...... _ METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY- NEW YORK Biggest in the World, MoreAssets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."