Quick tip for patient comfort!

Quick tip for patient comfort!

Whenever we apply our First Aid it means something hasn’t gone to plan that day!! And Murphy’s Law suggests that the time and place will be of the least convenience.

Let’s consider the patient who is bleeding and for whatever reason, needs to stay where they are out in the paddock for a period of time. Maybe they have a suspected spinal injury also or maybe we are just trying support, immobilise and stabilise the patient and the injury. Even Snake Bites fit into this category.

Inconvenient fact. Most ants love blood. Many of them bite. And when ants bite, the patient will move and wriggle. So if you have a bleeding patient that needs to stay immobilised for a short or long period we need a strategy to stop the ants biting.

Top Tip! Put Ant Rid in your First Aid kits. Cheap, long shelf life, no storage requirements. It might just be the ticket to keeping your patient still.

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By Scott Brown

Author bio:

For over 22 years Scott Brown has been training Remote Area First Aid across Australia. Having first joined Rural Ambulance Victoria in 2001 and working in the high-country in Victoria, he began teaching First Aid for Rural Ambulance Victoria. 22 years on, he works with some of Australia’s largest pastoral corporations and property managers that combined manage over 200,000 square kms of the Australian landscape.

Known for conveying detailed First Aid information in a relatable and relaxed way, Scott’s courses have become popular with Pastoral Property Managers, overseers and ringers alike. The highly practical course content ensures relevance to actual situations that are possible to encounter on a working property.

Scott continues to work with Ambulance Victoria alongside his First Aid training. 

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