Australian summers are known for adventure, but it is important you ensure you are keeping safe while having fun!
Whether spending time at the beach or hiking to a waterfall, taking a Rescue Swag first aid kit will make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.
RFDS Doctor Shaun Francis said the difference between being able to begin first aid, compared to not when an accident occurs can result in very different outcomes.
“The difference it makes having a first aid kit on hand when you find yourself in an emergency, and knowing how to apply it, can be the difference between life and death,” Dr Francis said.
Here are our top tips to ensure you keep safe this summer:
Ensure you have enough water to keep hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated when exercising, especially in summer when we typically sweat more. When out adventuring watch out for signs of dehydration such as headaches, nausea and fatigue and ensure you keep on top of your fluid losses. Drink to thirst and if you are sweating you need to be drinking fluids.
Stay on designated paths if adventuring in the bush: When out exploring it is important to stay on designated walking and biking trails. Going off the beaten track has many risks including injury, falling, getting lost or being bitten by a snake.
Watch out for snakes: Staying alert while adventuring is vital during summer when snakes are active. If you see a snake, maintain your distance, and continue on your way. Should you or someone you are with be bitten by a snake it is important to
- Keep the patient still to reduce the risk of venom being circulated in the body
- Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage
- Immobilise the limb with a splint and keep below the level of the heart
- Call 000 – treat every snake bite or potential snake bite as a medical emergency
Swim between the flags: If you are heading to the beach, ensure that you swim between the flags. Surf lifesavers asses the ever-changing nature of the ocean and adjust the flags accordingly, keeping you safe. This will reduce your chances of swimming in a rip or dangerous surf.
Be aware of jellyfish: If you are swimming in the ocean this summer, it is important you are aware of what to do should you be stung by a jellyfish
- Seek help from a lifeguard if available
- Carefully remove tentacles with tweezers – do not touch with your skin
- Monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice – envenomation in severe cases can result in cardiac arrest
The Adventurer Rescue Swag contains three supply modules for minor accidents, sprains, snakebites and burns and major injuries.
The Explorer Rescue Swag is a comprehensive first aid kit containing all the medical supplies necessary to treat one person’s injuries.
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