…..where nerve endings reside. Where a more significant part of the body is involved, the person feels unwell or large blisters are evident, consult a medical professional.
Health Navigator New Zealand (click the link to learn more) offer the following advice about sunburn.
“You can feel the sun’s heat but you cannot feel UV radiation, which is why it can still harm your skin on cool, cloudy days.
However, UV radiation levels can also be high when you are at high altitudes or around snow or ice.
Even mild sunburn can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.
You can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by being SunSmart and covering up with clothing, a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
Remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP“.
When managing thermal burns:
- Stop the burning.
- Cool the site of the burn.
- Cover the burn.
When managing electrical burns:
- Isolate the power supply.
- Commence CPR if required.
- Cover and cool the site of 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.
Support help and advice is available from the awesome people at the Burns Support Group Charitable Trust. Click on the link.
Tomorrow we will look at what NOT to do when helping someone with 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.