Atypical Emergency First Aid Tips

Regardless of what we do, accidents happen. From minor to severe, injuries occur in all places at all times. Whether it happens to you or somebody else, not being prepared and acting accordingly can worsen the situation. Being capable of providing at least basic First Aid until a medical professional arrives at the scene is a critical skill that can dramatically impact the outcome of the accident or injury. First Aid can be performed using fairly simple techniques, often with minimal equipment. While there are formal courses that can be taken to train individuals on how to respond to various medical events, there are also a few easy tricks that can be used effectively, particularly by non-professionals who don't have access to a full First Aid kit. After all, many injuries and accidents occur outdoors and in the wild, where formal resources are limited. The following tips can be utilized by anyone to treat the most common situations requiring First Aid.

DIY Cold And Hot Compresses

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Compresses can be used to treat swelling and bruises when someone twists an ankle or bumps their head. While most traditional First Aid kits come complete with compresses that can be activated to be either hot or cold, not everyone will have access to these at all times. Luckily, DIY cold and hot compresses are easy to make and store, so you'll always be prepared when the need arises. Bags of frozen vegetables, fruit and meat are simple and easy items to call upon and use as an ice-pack. Creating a cloth sachet and filling it with uncooked rice is also an easy way to create a compress that can be both chilled in the freezer or heated up in the oven or microwave. You can easily take these along with you on a hike or day outing.

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