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    • Emergency Stitches

      MYO: Hobble Window Shade-eggmembrane.jpg Here is a tip worth remembering- if you happen to get a nasty cut that will require stitches but you don't have access to a doctor or hospital- you can make your own emergency stitches . . .
      Crack a fresh egg, dump out the egg, near the crack carefully grasp a piece of the membrane. Gently pull off the membrane and apply it directly to the cut requiring stitches. It will dry quickly and seal the cut shut, preventing anything nasty from entering it. Be sure that you've washed out the cut the best you can before applying the membrane and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

      I once witnessed a cook cut his finger while preparing for the dinner rush, apply an egg membrane (& a glove) and finish his shift before he went to the hospital where he received 9 stitches for the gash.

      **Update** Applied this to trick to a Wart that got ripped off a child's knee while he was playing and it just wouldn't stop bleeding everywhere, Worked like a charm!**
      Comments 13 Comments
      1. Betsy412's Avatar
        Betsy412 -
        Good tip! My daughter lives on a farm with her husband and daughter. They own chickens, so the eggs are plentiful!
      1. jrodgers's Avatar
        jrodgers -
        I really like this idea...since the membrane is porous and permeable, I wonder if you could apply some antibacterial ointment to one side and apply a bandage over it? Unless you happen to be allergic to egg products it seems like it might avoid some scarring as well. Can't wait to try this. JRodgers
      1. lmitchell's Avatar
        lmitchell -
        That's awesome!! I can picture myself saying, "Everything will be okay. Someone just give me an egg!!" My family would look at me like I was cracked worse than the egg!! Love it!
      1. MrsAndy's Avatar
        MrsAndy -
        another great idea! will have to try. Maybe I could get my son to... ok maybe not. I'll just have to wait.
      1. sharonw53's Avatar
        sharonw53 -
        I am always amazed by the use of everyday items most of us have on hand. Keep them coming!
      1. indigomoss's Avatar
        indigomoss -
        I didn't know this one, and with both of us being on blood thinners and 45 minutes away from a hospital this is going to me more at ease when one of us gets a nasty cut
      1. swaz63's Avatar
        swaz63 -
        I'm sure this works, however, I would be concerned because of the raw egg....
      1. misslisa96's Avatar
        misslisa96 -
        Just wondering about the chance for salmonella contamination of the open wound? Any thoughts???
      1. grandmaof8's Avatar
        grandmaof8 -
        Should you rinse off the egg before you pull the membrane out?
      1. DoodleBug1213's Avatar
        DoodleBug1213 -
        Nice!!!! I would have NEVER thought of that!
      1. JodyStafford's Avatar
        JodyStafford -
        Use super glue. It was designed for medics on the battlefield.
      1. Pilotrep's Avatar
        Pilotrep -
        Wow....this is a great idea. Yes, super glue was designed initially for medical use....
      1. phyla's Avatar
        phyla -
        Camping in the boonies you are usually Miles from hospital. this is a great idea!

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