Shoalhaven Bushwalkers Inc.
First Aid Information
First Aid videos on YouTube
Knife Wound First Aid - useful for any major impaling wounds
Recognise stroke FAST
CPR - Vinnie Jones and Staying Alive - for heart attacks - excellent!
Pressure Immobilisation Technique - for snake and spider bites
Pressure Immobilisation Bandaging - another video for bites to limbs
Beware of Ticks
A comprehensive (1.3MB+) PDF file about ticks, the treatment of bites, the best way to extract them, and Lyme Disease (plus others) can be found by following this link. It is scary stuff, well worth knowing and highly recommended.
Comprehensive first aid procedures for snake bite can be found here
Click the following link for a video of CCC which may be better than CPR - Continuous Chest Compression
Click the following link for a checklist of symptoms for a heart attack - Heart Attack Symptoms Chart
A Simple Test for Stroke
With a lot of our club members not getting any younger these days, there is more and more likelihood that one of us will suffer a stroke while on a club walk. If it is a mild stroke, there is also the possibility that we will not even recognise the symptoms and the victim will experience brain damage.
Here is a simple test to determine if a person has had a mild stroke :-
- Ask the person to SMILE
- Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS
- Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
This information was lifted straight off the Internet, so its veracity cannot really be determined. However, if a person cannot smile, raise both arms or speak a simple sentence, then there is definitely something wrong with them.
Get the person to hospital as soon as possible, and call 000 if necessary.
Emergency Contact and Medical Details
Details of the person and phone number we should contact in case of emergency should be written on a sheet of paper and placed inside a film canister which should always stay in your walking pack. It would also be wise to list any medical conditions or allergies you have which should be known by the first aid person, nurse or doctor who treats you should you have an accident or incident.
A form for the recording of your Emergency Contact and Medical Details can be downloaded from this website by clicking on Forms / Emergency Form.
In case of emergency : ICE
Ambulance officers will turn to a victim's mobile phone for clues to that person's identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea - ICE.
ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone no. of the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save them a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do.
Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately. ICE your mobile phone NOW! And tell all your fellow walkers that you have done so!
Personal Accident Insurance
From July 1 2005 the club has been covering all club members for personal accident insurance while on official club walks. The cover this insurance provides is not extensive. There are some payouts for loss of limbs, eyes etc, but the principal advantage of the insurance seems to be the cover it provides for physiotherapy for injuries sustained on walks. There is a $100 excess on each claim.
The insurance costs $4 per member per annum. The club will cover the cost this year, but the situation will be reviewed each year with an increase in the club membership subscription possible.