Emergency First Aid

Disaster Survival First Aid Tips

First Aid For Surviving Disasters

There are a few things to remember in every emergency. The most important thing is to remain calm, assess the situation rationally, develop an emergency plan, and deal with the circumstances.

Planning is crucial to your success before your trip. Make sure to talk with your group about the best way to handle emergencies. And how you plan on utilize any tools that are available to your group? You should also know your options for getting help, send a hiker for assistance, or use a cell phone, emergency beacon, or a satellite phone to call for help in an emergency. Reduce your exposure, stay warm, and stay hydrated. If there’s an injured member in your group, don’t leave them alone. If possible, prevent the spread of disease and infection by taking precautionary measures, like washing your hands and wearing protective gloves if there’s a chance of touching blood or other body fluids. 

CPR

CPR is an emergency procedure. You performed on people experiencing cardiac arrest. The primary purpose of CPR is to provide oxygenated blood flow to the brain until the patient’s breathing and heartbeat can be restored to be adequately prepared to give CPR. I highly recommend that you take a certified CPR course to learn the right skills before approaching any victim. It’s essential to scan the scene and make sure that you won’t be putting yourself in danger. The first step in CPR is to check if a person is unresponsive or not breathing or breathing abnormally. If the person’s not breathing or breathing normally, call for help or send someone to call for help and start CPR immediately. Well, the person on their back and begin chest compressions immediately; even if you’re not confident enough to perform the breathing part of CPR, you should still complete the chest compressions, which are an essential part of keeping someone alive. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the victim’s chest and put your other hand over it then interlace your fingers. You want to compress the chest about two inches deep 30 times, at a fast of about a hundred compressions per minute. The song “Staying Alive” by the BeeGee’s is a good reminder of the beat that you want to follow. After 30 compressions open the victim’s airway by lifting the chin and tilting the head back, pinch the victim’s nose, cover their mouth with your own and blow until you see the chest rise. Give two quick breaths lasting about one second. Each continues at 30 more chest compressions and two breaths until help arrives, or you can no longer perform CPR. Due to exhaustion. 

Hypothermia

Hypothermia happens when a person’s core body temperature falls below normal levels, which can occur when exposed to cold temperatures, wind, and wetness. Hypothermia is one of the most dangerous emergency conditions that can happen in the outdoors. And one of the leading causes of death for backcountry travelers. For that reason, it’s incredibly important to take the signs of hypothermia very seriously and treat it quickly. Improper planning, inadequate protection from exposure, and poor hydration and nutrition can lead to hypothermia. The first sign of hypothermia is shivering, which is a symptom of the body—trying to warm itself. Shivering might start mildly, then become more aggressive, and eventually, it’ll stop altogether. Another sign of hypothermia is referred to as having the humbles or the mumbles, stumbles, fumbles, and grumbles and such. Hypothermia victims may slur their speech, become confused, lose coordination, and eventually become apathetic and irrational. To treat hypothermia, get the victim out of the elements, dry, and warm their core body temperature. As soon as possible, get the victim into their shelter and replace their wet base layers with dry clothing. If the victim is conscious, feed them caloric drinks and food to boost their metabolism and exercise in short bursts to generate heat, but make sure they avoid all alcohol and caffeine. If the victim is unconscious, be very careful when moving them because their heart will be sensitive and don’t try to feed them food or drinks because they might Chuck. Put them in a sleeping bag on top of a pad to insulate them from the cold ground. And if possible, wrap them in a tarp or plastic sheet to increase the bag’s insulation. Sharing body heat with the skin to skin contact can be an excellent way to warm up a hypothermic victim and form a hypothermia victim’s core first, not their hands and feet, cause that will circulate cold blood back to their heart. 

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion is a condition that happens in hot climates. When a person’s body is unable to cool itself, heat exhaustion can occur when temperatures and humidity levels are high and your body’s working hard. Dehydration can make matters a lot worse, but you might experience heat exhaustion. Even if you are drinking water, heat exhaustion is not life-threatening, but if it goes untreated, it can lead to heatstroke, which can damage the brain and lead to death—symptoms of heat. Exhaustion includes profuse, sweating, pale skin, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and muscle cramps to treat heat exhaustion, get the victim to a cool shady location and let them rest, lay them down and elevate their legs slightly. Give the victim some cold water or an electrolyte solution to cool down with a weapon down on their foreheads. If a victim is experiencing heat stroke, their skin will often be red, hot to the touch and dry other symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, and heartbeat, throbbing, headaches, confusion, and unconsciousness. When a victim is experiencing heatstroke, their body needs to be cooled immediately, and they need to get to medical attention as soon as possible. Get them to a shady area, remove their clothing, and actively try to cool their body with cold water and what clothes focus on their head, neck, armpits, and grind. If possible, have the victim drink sips of cold water or an electrolyte solution and get them out to medical health as soon as possible. 

Treating Minor Wounds And Burns

Learning and preparing how to treat minor wounds and burns in the field properly will allow you to hike out safely without having any lasting effects. For abrasions, scrub the wound with soap and a clean gauze pad to remove any dirt from the injury, then rinse off the soap, cover a gauze pad with antibiotic women and it in place to keep the wound clean. The same procedure should be used for minor cuts. The cuts were bleeding a lot. Use a sanitary gauze pad to pressure the area for about 10 minutes, which should help stop the bleeding. Use butterfly bandages to close any massive cuts and cover the wound with a gauze pad to keep it clean until you can get out to medical attention. For small burns, immediately put the limb in cold water or cover it with water soak bandana. Keep it fresh until the pain is reduced, then cover it with a gauze pad. You don’t pop any blisters that form; instead, try to keep blisters from popping for as long as possible. The skin under the blister is healing. 

Second and third-degree burns that cover a large surface area

Don’t immerse the burnside in water because that can cause shock. Cover a large series burn with a cold, moist cloth. Then get the victim out if their clothing has ever burned along with the skin. Don’t pull it off because that can pull the skin off if the burned area is small enough. You may be able to pull off the burned clothing after the wound is cool with a heavily bleeding wound. The most important concern is to stop the bleeding and get the victim out to help as soon as possible. If you can, wash your hands and wear vinyl gloves to reduce the chances of infection when dealing with a heavily bleeding wound. Cover the victim to prevent them from losing body heat, lift the legs slightly along with the wound site, and remove any dirt and debris from the wound, but don’t remove any large or deeply embedded objects. Apply pressure directly to the wound site to stop the bleeding use sterile bandages or clean clothes and hold pressure on there for about 20 minutes without lifting up to see if the bleeding has stopped, don’t remove the gauze or bandages. If the bandages get soaked through with blood, add more absorbent bandages on top and continue to put pressure on the book. If you’re still having trouble, the bleeding locates, the nearest artery, and place pressure on it with your fingers with your other hand, keep the pressure on the wall. You’ll find that pressure points for your arm are just above the elbow and just below the inside of your arm and your leg. The pressure points are in the groin and just behind the knee and mobilized to the victims. You injured body parts once the bleeding has stopped keeping the bandages in place and get them off from medical health. 

Busting An Ankle

For sprains in the backcountry, the ice method still applies is very effective. Rest ice compression elevation rests the sprained limb, and then ice it with snow or cold water. Let it sit for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off. Compress the wound with an elastic bandage and elevate it to keep the swelling down. After a few icing cycles, you’ll probably be okay to walk out these anti-inflammatory medications like an approximate, sodium, and ibuprofen to reduce the swelling and ease. The pain can also use a makeshift crutch to help you walk out and keep weight off the limb. 

Broken Bones

A break can sometimes be hard to diagnose if the injury is painful, swollen, and can’t be used, then treat it like a break and splint it. The best way to treat a break in the backcountry is to mobilize it with a splint. So it doesn’t move around and do more damage. Then get the victim to medical health to make a splint improvise using materials for your backpack and your surroundings. Sleeping pads, trekking poles, sticks, and extra clothing can all be used to make useful splints. In most cases, it’s best to leave the fractured limb in the position you found it. But if you’re out in the backcountry and you’re many hours or days away from help, you may have to reset the limb before you can transport the victim. First, stop any bleeding and present if the break is protruding and lead to push the limb back into place, to stop bleeding and prevent infection. Once the limb is in the anatomically correct position, it’ll cause less pain and do less damage. Then you can focus on splinting the limb and getting the victim out of the house. 

Spinal Cord Injury

If a victim may have a spinal cord injury from a fall or a blow to the head, it’s important not to move the victim unless absolutely necessary. Keep the victim still and prevent their head from moving until help arrives, provide basic first aid, including CPR if necessary, but don’t lift the head or neck. If you absolutely have to move a victim because they’re vomiting, choking for them and other danger, then use another person and try and keep their head neck and back aligned while you roll them on their side. Shock is a condition that can accompany trauma. Blood loss prevents stroke and allergic reactions and other ailments. It can lead to permanent organ damage and death. 

Shock

A person experiencing shock will have blue and clammy skin. Their blood pressure will be low, and I have a weak and rapid pulse. Then they also have shallow rabbitry. The victim might be weak with vacant eyes, and they might be confused and disoriented as well. Shock victims might also be nauseous, and they could vomit when a person is in shock. It’s essential to get them medical help as soon as possible call for help or send a member of your party to go get out. If someone is in shock, lay them down and lift their feet about a foot off the ground, unless their head neck back or legs are injured. You never want to raise their head. And the focus is the key for blood in the vital organs. Check for signs of breathing and begin CPR. If necessary. If the victim is vomiting or bleeding from their mouth, roll them on their side to prevent choking treat any obvious injuries like heavy bleeding or broken bones. As soon as the person is stable, keep the victim warm and comfortable by covering them with a sleeping bag and reducing any restrictive clothing. Don’t get the victim, anything to eat or drink. Keep him still and wait for help to arrive. 

Remember, the key to the emergency first thing to be prepared appropriately is staying calm, determining emergency plans, and acting efficiently. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use wilderness first aid skills, but if you do, it’ll be important that you have the correct knowledge and preparation. That’s why I highly recommend that you take a wilderness for a state course to get certified for emergency situations. 

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