Backpacker magazine's Trailside First Aid: Recognition, by Molly Absolon

By Molly Absolon

Backpacker's Trailside First Aid assembles for readers an outside first-aid package of crucial goods; soothe bites and stings; take care of cold and warm accidents; wrap sprains, fractures, and dislocated joints; deal with backcountry emergencies till specialist aid arrives. this convenient pocket-sized consultant is ninety six pages, contains popouts, and accommodates colour images, charts, and illustrations as wanted through the interior.

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Indd 22 Trailside First Aid 9/1/10 3:21 PM skin may mean that blood is not reaching the area. Healthy skin is warm and dry, so note if someone feels hot and sweaty or cold and clammy. Pupils: Normal pupils are of equal size and respond rapidly to changes in light. To check your patient’s pupils, cover her eyes for fifteen to twenty seconds and then remove your hand (in the dark, shine a light briefly in her eyes) to see if the pupils constrict. Any asymmetry or failure to respond to light should be noted.

Stop if the movement is causing more pain. For a lower arm fracture, apply in-line traction by stabilizing the upper arm with one hand and pulling the lower arm gently until it is straight. indd 31 31 9/1/10 3:21 PM Splinting Made Easy Splints need to be firm, comfortable, simple, adjustable, and allow access to fingers or toes to check circulation. Most of us don’t carry splinting materials in our first-aid kits; there’s no need really as the likelihood of encountering a fracture is slim and you can improvise with materials at hand.

Firm: You can use a variety of things to provide support to your splint, including rolled foam pads, sticks, tent poles, and so forth. The idea is to have something that prevents movement without being too cumbersome. Comfortable: Use abundant padding throughout your splint to make sure it is comfortable. Talk to your patient as you work; he will tell you if the splint feels good. If you are unsure, you can experiment on someone else before actually subjecting your patient to the splint. Padding also provides insulation.

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