Tips for coping with accidents and emergencies

Would you know what to do in an emergency?  

Accidents can happen at any time, and can happen to anyone.

Whether […]

Would you know what to do in an emergency?  

Accidents can happen at any time, and can happen to anyone.

Whether you’re having dinner with friends, or in the park with your family, make sure you know what to do in case there is an accident or emergency.

Knowing basic first aid can make the difference between life and death, so be prepared by following these easy accident and emergency instructions from Open House.

Bites and Stings
Immediately apply ice or cold compress to area and elevate the location of the bite or sting. Remove stinger if possible, then add antihistamine cream to skin. If side effects occur, seek a medical professional for treatment.

Poison Plants and Rashes
Wash area as soon as possibly then apply antihistamine cream or hydrocortisone.

Apply ice immediately to swelling, do this on and off for the next 48 hours. If the limb appears misshapen or bone is showing, call emergency services.

Burns (Including sunburn)
Treat minor burns with cool water or cool compress. If there is blistering, refer to doctor. For large, or blackened burns, go to an emergency facility immediately.

Sit the person down and have them lean slightly forward. Pinch the nose using a tissue until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding consists after 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help.

Apply direct pressure with towel or cotton until it stops, apply an antibiotic ointment and bandage.

Head Injuries
If the person has suffered from a bump or band, apply ice pack and have them rest for 10 minutes. If there is bleeding, wash and dry the area, then apply a clean bandage,
If they begin to vomit, lose consciousness, act confused, have a severe headache or uneven pupils, call emergency services.

If the person is light-headed, pale and weak, help lay them down and elevate their feet. If they do not recover in 5 minutes, call emergency services.

Perform the Heimlich maneuver: Stand being the person and place the first of one hand pointing inward just above the navel, and place the other hand over the first to guide it. Repeatedly thrust inward and upward until the object is expelled. If this isn’t working, or the person becomes unresponsive call emergency services immediately.

If you need to stock up on First Aid Supplies or medical care equipment, visit OpenHouse.

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