T’is The Season To Be Protected Against the Cold and Know How to Treat Unexpected Frostbite.

General Information:

Frostbite is an injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold. It is caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. At first, the skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin.

The goal of frostbite treatment is to salvage as much tissue as possible, to restore body functioning, and to prevent complications.

 Symptoms:

The earliest sign that the body temperature begins to fall below normal (hypothermia) is shivering. This is actually good since the body is attempting to warm its temperature. However, prolonged exposure to extreme cold temperature can have the following symptoms:

* Numbness and loss of pain sensation
* Cold skin that feels hard and solid
* Confusion
* Loss of function
* Blistering
* Color change from white, to red to purple
* Slurred speech

Treatment:

When you notice these signs, make sure to apply the following first aid procedures:

* Call 911 for moderate to severe symptoms or seek immediate medical care.

* Move to a warm place and remove any wet clothing.

* Unless it is absolutely necessary, do NOT walk on frostbitten toes or feet.

* Do NOT begin to warm the skin until you can maintain keeping it warm. Warming, re-exposing to cold air, and then re-warming can cause further damage.

* Gently warm the area in tepid to warm (NOT hot) water or with wet warm towels until the skin appears red and warm.

* If no water is nearby, breathe on the area through cupped hands and use blankets.

* Do NOT use direct heat from heating pads, a heating bottle, radiator, or by sitting close to fires.

* Do NOT rub or massage the skin or break any blisters that may have formed.

Prevention:

While outdoors and especially when hiking or camping, always be prepared for extremes in temperatures including the sudden potential for very cold weather when the seasons are changing, even when it is warm at the onset of your outing.

Higher altitudes and mountainous regions are highly susceptible to swift changes in temperatures. Do not ignore your body when it begins to shiver. Wear more layers of clothes as necessary.

Carry a Mylar emergency blanket or two, to protect against sudden onset of cold and protection in the event of encountering severe weather.

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Understanding these guidelines will prepare you to safely give assistance should an emergency occur.

1. Be safe.

This is the most important rule. Never put yourself or another in harm’s way. Never perform first aid in such a manner as to cause harm to yourself, the victim, or bystanders.

If possible tend to imminent issues to create a safe environment such as turning off a stove, electricity or equipment, having someone direct traffic, keeping bystanders away, etc. Do not attempt to fix dangerous issues such as gas or chemical leaks, live electrical wires, buildings on fire or falling objects.

If dangerous factors are present and you are not easily able to provide a safe environment for yourself or the victim, step away, do NOT treat, and immediately call 911.

2. Assess the Scene

If many things are happening all at once, assess the situation and determine what needs to be done first, such as attending to lifesaving or critical needs, including calling 911. Get “permission to treat” if the victim is conscious. Look for bystanders that may be able to help, or bring first aid items for treatment.

 

3. Observe Symptoms

 

 

Look for signs and symptoms to help determine the cause of trauma such as poisoning, injury, shock, choking etc., and then set your course of first aid treatment.

 

 

 

4. Treat the Victim

 

Treat with appropriate first aid that you feel confident in performing, such as keeping the victim warm with a blanket or coat, performing CPR if you are able, and other protocols you feel comfortable in administering safely.

 

5. Obtain Critical Information

From the victim, get as much information as possible such as name, address, emergency contact information, details of what happened and symptoms they are experiencing. From bystanders, obtain anything that might be useful such as what happened before you arrived or details involving the trauma.

Give this information to emergency teams when they arrive.

 

6. Get Help in the event of serious trauma.

 

Call 911: Have a bystander do this if possible. Or have the victim seek appropriate professional medical emergency treatment immediately.

 

 

Acting with knowledge and confidence could help save a life.


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Accidents happen, they are a potential part of everyday living. Are you prepared to help a friend or loved one?

Could you confidently help someone having a heart attack, has fainted or is having a stroke? Would you know what to do if someone sprained a muscle or has broken a bone?  How about if someone gets caught in a fire or if someone suddenly has an asthma attack and stops breathing?  Would you know what to do?

A general first aid guide is something everyone should have and also be familiar with the training and information inside.

Accidents happen. You will know how to help in these situations with confidence if you have a good general training in first aid.  Sure enough, accidents are a part of life and are unfortunately present as a potential every day.

A Background on the Necessity of First Aid Kits

Simply put, first aid is urgent care that is immediately provided to the victims of accidents prior to the arrival of the trained medical personnel. It includes the use and application of simple yet rapid measures such as applying pressure to wounds, clearing a blocked air passage, or rinsing chemical burns from eyes and skin. While it is impossible to predict the occurrence of any of these mishaps, it is important to prepare yourself and be ready for what may come.

As the cliché goes, prevention is better than cure. Meaning to say, every emergency situation that has to be cared for must be coupled with a good first aid kit. This is a special pouch which you always keep nearby. You should know how to use all of the items contained inside.

First Aid Kit Contents

What should comprise your first aid kit? At the very minimum, it should contain plenty of adhesive bandages, alcohol pads, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, gauze, surgical  gloves, and antibiotic ointment. You may either collect these items individually or purchase a ready to go emergency kit.

It should be portable, durable and easily fit into your suitcase, sports bag, vehicle, RV  or backpack for camping and adventuring. With a good first aid kit on hand, you can readily tend to those who need immediate medical  attention and increase the potential of saving lives.

The Role of a First Aid Manual

Apart from being prepared with your first aid kit, as mentioned above, it is strongly advised to have a first aid manual to learn basic first aid treatment for every day emergencies and therefore be confident and knowledgeable in treating common wounds, accidents and injuries should they arise.

Study the information in your manual and keep it handy for reference should the need arise.

 

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Discover How and When to Use “Hands-Only” CPR 
…and learn the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest

This article will round out your CPR training by detailing why this statistically proven “Hands Only” protocol is warranted in certain situations, what those situations are, and how you can apply first aid and this modified CPR technique effectively.

(When performing the traditional method of CPR, there are 30 chest compressions made at a rate of 100 per minute for every two breaths given to the victim.)

Permission has been granted to post this important article, written by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN and published by David Patterson, Pacific Medical Training.

For more information, visit the Pacific Medical Learning Library link below:

https://pacificmedicalacls.com/acls-guide-to-hands-only-cpr.html

 

Learn this crucial first aid CPR practice that may save a life!

“As of 2008, the use of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) became the best practice when attempting to revive victims of cardiac arrest. This is a change from the previous guidelines, which support the use of both chest compression and mouth-to-mouth ventilation.

Hands-Only CPR does not eliminate the need for conventional CPR. Based on three major studies and the agreement from the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, the hands-only method works just as well when performed on adults.

Hands-only CPR is beneficial in helping to resolve any unease that untrained bystanders may have about performing CPR due to health concerns regarding mouth-to-mouth ventilation. An increase in bystander participation in cases of cardiac arrest may help to improve the victim’s chances of survival.

When to Implement Hands-Only CPR

Implement hands-only CPR when an adult suddenly collapses and is unresponsive.

There are two basic steps to remember, which makes this method a better option for people who are uncomfortable with, or untrained in, conventional CPR methods.

  1. Upon seeing the victim collapse, 911 should immediately be notified either by the person who is preparing to perform CPR or if there are other people nearby, one of them should be instructed to make the call; this saves the CPR provider valuable time.
  2. Immediately after placing the call, firm chest compressions should be started at a rate of 100 beats per minute until emergency personnel arrives. There is no need for mouth-to-mouth ventilation at this time unless the victim needs resuscitation due to drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning, or some other incident which involves a lack of oxygen before the collapse.

Note: When performing the traditional method of CPR, there must be 30 chest compressions made at a rate of 100 per minute for every two breaths given to the victim.

Cardiac Arrest Versus Heart Attack

The term cardiac arrest throws some people off—it is often used interchangeably with heart attack, but they are two different scenarios.

Heart attacks usually occur because a block in an artery prevents blood rich oxygen from reaching the heart. Classic symptoms include: gripping, heavy chest pain that may often spreads to the jaw, either arm, or the back; difficulty breathing; nausea; or fatigue.

Cardiac arrest is when the normal heartbeat is interrupted. The lower chambers of the heart, the ventricles, chaotically quiver (ventricular fibrillation), race (ventricular tachycardia), or may stop pumping altogether—blood then stops circulating. During a cardiac arrest, the victim will suddenly collapse and lose consciousness—the brain is not getting the blood it needs. Other systems, such as the respiratory system, quickly shut down.

The confusion about the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack is that a heart attack is a common trigger of cardiac arrest. People with “clean” coronary arteries are victim of cardiac arrest as well, for various reasons, including defects in the systems that pump the heart.

Approximately each year, 300,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. Cardiac arrest is often dramatized as occurring in a public place; however, 80% of the time people are in a residential setting or at home. Some stereotypes to ring some factuality: the prototypical victim is a man in his 50s or 60s.

Statistics: Hands-Only CPR

It is estimated that 94% of people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital. Part of this because only 24% of these victims received any type of CPR from bystanders upon collapse.

The chance of survival when hands-only CPR is given doubles and may even triple if delivered in a timely fashion.

The journal of Heart, Lungs, and Vessels reports that based on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Arizona, between 2005 and 2009, 13.3% of the patients who received hands-only CPR survived.

When it came to the patients that were given conventional CPR, only 7.8% survived; this was, however, still better than the 5.2% survival rate of those who did not receive any form of CPR.”

Resources

Chest-Compression-Only CPR (CCO-CPR): https://heart.arizona.edu/cpr-advances

Chest Compression-Only CPR: A Meta-Analysis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2987687/

Bystander-Initiated Chest Compression-Only CPR is Better Than Standard CPR in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3484593/

What is a Heart Attack: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/heartattack

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/scda

The Circulatory System: https://scribeschool.net/circulatory-system-info-for-scribes.html

Written by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN and last updated April 7, 2017

 

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Happy hiking and enjoy some “Tree Wisdom” during your Spring trek!

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Packing the ‘Ten Essentials’ when you go into back country, even on day hikes, is a great safety habit. Although typically you may use only a few of these items, you may never fully appreciate the value of the ‘Ten Essentials’ until you are in a situation where your life depends on them.

Remember first and foremost: Knowledge is the most important key to safety but it is not mentioned on this list.

Having items in your pack has no value unless you understand how to use them. You can talk about the ‘Ten Essentials’ but the most important essential is ‘between your ears’!


   Classic Ten Essentials

1. Map

2. Compass

3. Sunglasses and sunscreen

4. Extra clothing

5. Headlamp/flashlight

6. First-aid supplies

7. Firestarter

8. Matches

9. Knife

10. Extra food

Updated Ten Essential “Systems”

1. Navigation (map and compass)

2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)

3. Insulation (extra clothing)

4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)

5. First-aid supplies

6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)

7. Repair kit and tools

8. Nutrition (extra food)

9. Hydration (extra water)

10. Emergency shelter

1. Navigation

A map and compass are now viewed as 2 components of a navigation system. Add a wrist altimeter, a GPS and you can see how the ‘Systems’ approach to the Ten Essentials can easily total more than 10 individual items.

Bring a topographic map  on any outing that involves more than a short, impossible-to-miss path or well populated nature trail.

compass, combined with map-reading knowledge, is a vital tool in case you become disoriented in the back country. Have high-tech GPS receivers made compasses obsolete? No. A compass weighs next to nothing and does not rely on batteries.

An altimeter is a worthwhile navigational extra to consider. It uses a barometric sensor to measure air pressure and provide a close estimate of your elevation—information that helps you track your progress and determine your location on a map.

 

2. Sun Protection

Sunglasses are indispensable, and you’ll need extra-dark glacier glasses if you’re planning prolonged travel on snow or ice.

When choosing sunscreen  health experts advise choosing 1) a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to SPF 30, and 2) one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. And don’t overlook SPF-rated lip balm.         

For extended treks, wear lightweight, synthetic sun-protection clothing that comes with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF).

 

3. Insulation

Bring additional layers of clothing in case conditions abruptly turn wet, windy or chilly.

Clothing should be selected according to the season. Ask this question: What is needed to survive the worst conditions that could be realistically encountered on this trip?”

Common options include an extra layer of underwear (tops and bottoms), an insulating hat or extra socks and a synthetic jacket or vest, and a Mylar Blanket to wear inside jackets or wrap around clothing.

 

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4. Illumination

Headlamps are the light source of choice in the back country because they are hands-free, small, lightweight, and have a long battery life.

A strobe mode headlamp is a great option as headlamps have their longest battery life while in strobe mode.

Flashlights and packable lanterns also have value. Some flashlights cast very powerful beams and are useful for signaling during emergencies.

Always carry spare batteries. Every member of a back country party should carry their own light.

 

5. First-aid Supplies

Pre-assembled first aid kits take the guesswork out of building your own kit, and many people personalize these kits to suit individual needs. All kits should include treatments for blisters, many adhesive bandages of various sizes, several gauze pads and rolls, adhesive tape, disinfecting wipes, instant ice pack, scissors and tweezers.

It is  also advised to carry a compact first aid guide for treating medical emergencies.

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6. Fire

Matches: Use a waterproof variety, or good quality matches ( not the flimsy cardboard type) stored in a waterproof container. Take plenty and ensure they are kept dry. Mechanical lighters are handy, but always carry some matches as a backup.

Firestarter: As the name implies, a firestarter is a material that helps you jump-start a fire. The ideal firestarter ignites quickly and sustains heat for more than a few seconds. Candidates include dry tinder, candles, heat “nuggets” (chipped-wood clusters soaked in resin) and even lint trappings from a household clothes dryer to pack and bring along.

 

7. Repair Kit and Tools

Knives or multitools are handy for gear repair, food preparation, first aid, making kindling or other emergency needs. A basic knife should have at least 1 foldout blade, 1 or 2 flathead screwdrivers, can opener, and foldout scissors.

If you carry a self-inflating mattress, bring a repair kit for it.

Here’s a classic tip for carrying the basics of a poor-man’s repair kit: Wrap strips of duct tape (the universal fix-it product) around your water bottle or trekking poles so you can repair any problem you encounter  the back country.

 

8. Nutrition (extra food)

 

Always pack at least an extra day’s worth of food. Best items are freeze dried and no-cook items with long storage times such as extra energy bars, nuts, dried fruits or jerky.

 

 

 

9. Hydration (extra water)

Carry at least 1 water bottle and a collapsible water reservoir. Bring some means for purifying  water, whether it’s a filter/purifier or chemical treatment.

When beginning a long hike, consult your map and try to identify possible water sources. Re-supply  at the last obvious water source before beginning a stretch of unpredictable water availability.

 

 

10. Emergency Shelter

Shelter is a new component in the updated ‘Ten Essentials’, one that is targeted to Day Trippers in the event of an overnight emergency situation. (Overnight wilderness adventurers will already be prepared with shelter.) The best option is one or several emergency Mylar blankets that ‘pack small’  and weigh just ounces.

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May all of  your dreams come true in 2017.

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