…..there is plenty of fresh air. Cool any burnt skin using running water for a period of up to twenty minutes. DO NOT USE cling film/wrap on facial burns.
If the person experiences difficulty breathing, place them in a comfortable seated position with support for their back. Call the emergency services for assistance.
The New Zealand Resuscitation Council state, “An inhalation burn should be suspected when an individual is trapped in an enclosed space for some time with hot or toxic gas, steam or fumes produced by a fire, chemicals etc. An inhalation injury may result from irritant gases such as ammonia, formaldehyde, chloramines, chlorine, nitrogen dioxide and phosgene. These agents produce a chemical burn and an inflammatory response.”
Where a person is breathing and talking normally, but there remains a possibility of an inhalation injury. The person should be monitored closely as airway problems can develop up to twenty-four hours after the incident occurred.
- Stop the burning.
- Cool the site of the burn.
- Cover the burn.
STOP and assess the scene.
THINK, have I got the necessary equipment available to manage this emergency. Has anybody called the emergency services?
OBSERVE, are there any dangers to me, bystanders the victim?
PROTECT yourself at all times and keep re-evaluating the dangers throughout the emergency.
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Tomorrow we will continue with our look at Burns….
Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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Data and information are fact-checked against various recognised sources, including the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Health Navigator New Zealand, St John, and other recognised entities specialising in the specific subject content. It should be noted that variances in protocols exist and where necessary are identified.