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8 First Aid Emergencies and the Myths That Make Them Worse

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8 First Aid Emergencies and the Myths That Make Them Worse

Health Watch Center via DivineCaroline

Emergencies don’t come with warning bells. They strike at unexpected moments and your response, or lack thereof, could determine how things come out in the end. How much do you think you know about first aid and proper emergency response? Most people think they know quite a lot, but most of what they have learned consists of myths that could actually do more harm than good. Put yourself to the test and seriously ask yourself: what would I do in these situations?

1. A child pulls a pot of boiling water off the stove or sticks their hand on a hot burner.
Do you put butter or mayonnaise on the burn? Hurriedly remove the child’s clothing because it is stuck to the burn? Do you get out the ice? Those are the common reactions in the case of a burn, but all of them are myths. Butter, mayo, or other types of grease may cause even more damage to tender skin. Pulling clothing or other materials stuck to the burn could damage the tissue or pull the skin off completely.

The correct action is to rinse gently with cool water and coat the burn with antibiotic ointment. If the burn is on a sensitive area of the body such as the face or if there are a lot of blisters, then go to the ER and do not pop the blisters. You also want to seek medical assistance if a burn completely circles a limb or is larger than your hand.

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10:02AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Informative, thank you.

But you have to tell me why did you put each emergency on a single page when you were going to list them together in the last page. Seriously.

1:24AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

great useful tips

6:51PM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Important info, thanks!

12:11PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

good info thanks

12:32AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

good ideas

2:28PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

As am EMT I think everyone should know first aid.

9:21PM PST on Jan 10, 2011

Thank-you for the informative article, it was a good review. Another thing to do with a sprained ankle is to elevate the foot. Elevating the injured foot along with using an ice pack will help decrease the extent of swelling. Another point to be aware of with burns, do not apply ice directly to the burned area as that could do more damage. Instead, put some water in a basin, add ice to the water & then place the burned area in the basin. Remove the burned area from the basin when needed for a few minutes if the area gets too cold causing increased pain.

1:11PM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Great info, thanks for posting.

10:03AM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Thanks for the info, this is really helpful!

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