First aid tips for holidays


ST JOHN Ambulance Queensland volunteer Liz Coffey knows the risks and infections associated with holidaying.

She is urging all holiday makers, particularly those who are camping or fishing, to know the correct first aid treatment.

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Burns including sunburn

Living in Australia means we are blessed with great weather. Unfortunately, this also means we are prone to sunburns.

Liz said prevention was the best cure and to ensure sunscreen is applied hourly, particularly on hot days with no shade.

"All burns should be treated by running the area under cool water (not icy) from a tap or hose for 20 minutes to allow the burned skin layers to cool," she said.

Covering the area with a cool moist dressing and ensuring the person keeps hydrated will lessen the effects of a sunburn.


First aid kit

"Before going on holidays, whether that is camping, fishing or on a road trip, check your first aid kit is well stocked," Liz advised.

She said planning and preparation were vital, particularly knowing UHF radio channels to contact if in a remote location with limited phone coverage.


Snake bites

Regardless of the type of snake you think you might be dealing with, all bites should be treated as serious until medical aid arrives.


Heat exhaustion

This is a very common occurrence in Queensland, particularly among the very young and elderly people.

"On hot days, ensure you drink plenty of water, wear loose clothing, have a cool bath or shower and ensure your home is ventilated with a fan or air-conditioning," Liz said.

"If the skin is hot, dry and has lost the capability to sweat, you need to call triple zero (000) for an ambulance immediately and begin to loosen tight clothing to help cool yourself down."

Information on first aid courses and kits at

Topics:  first aid health holidays safety

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