Archive | May, 2015

How to assess an alcohol intoxicated individual

When rescuers are faced with an alcohol intoxicated individual, they do not respond to an emergency linked directly to the alcohol such as alcohol poisoning. Instead, they respond to victims of usual injuries and illnesses that are complicated by alcohol or drugs. Remember that an individual who is acutely intoxicated entails thorough assessment. It is […]

Life-saving first aid skills

There are a number of first aid measures that you can readily perform such as caring for a minor wound or providing pain relief to a headache. As for an emergency, doing the right steps and measures can mean the difference between life and death. Remember that saving lives is a mindset. It is vital […]

Chiggers

Those who spend a lot of time outdoors during the spring and summer season either camping or hiking, you might have heard about chiggers. If you have not encountered chiggers before, they are capable of leaving behind annoying itchy, red-colored bumps. Important facts about chiggers Chiggers are also called as red bugs or harvest mites. […]

Poison ivy rash

Poison ivy rash is medically called as Rhus dermatitis which is a form of contact dermatitis. As the name implies, contact dermatitis involves skin irritation after contact with a specific irritant. When it comes to exposure to poison ivy, the irritant is called urushiol which is the resin present in plants in the Anarcardiaceae family. […]

What is skin cancer?

Individuals who engage in outdoor sports spend a lot of time exposed to the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun can damage the skin in various ways. Initially, it attacks the epidermis which is the outermost skin layer. After some time, it damages the upper layers of the dermis which makes it thinner, less resilient […]

Treatment of skin abrasions

Skin abrasions or road rash are common during sports that are typically caused by falling on a hard rough surface. As an individual falls or slides on the ground, friction causes the skin layer to rub off. The skin is comprised of an exterior layer which provides protection and the deeper interior layer which provides […]

Human Bites: How to Treat and Manage Them

Evidently enough, human bites happen when one human bites another, wherein usually these bites come from a child. When being compared to bites from dogs, cats or sharks, human bites do not often seem to pose much threat. However, human bites actually pose a higher risk of infection due to the abundant amount of bacteria […]

Cat bites and scratches

Due to the constant exposure to cats as pets, cat bites and scratches are considered as common injuries, particularly in children. When a child sustained a cat bite, the initial measure is to start with the safety of those who are involved including the victim, rescuer and if possible, even the cat. There are certain […]