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; care for cold and warm accidents; wrap sprains, fractures, and dislocated joints; deal with backcountry emergencies till expert aid arrives. this useful pocket-sized advisor is ninety six pages, comprises popouts, and accommodates colour pictures, charts, and illustrations as wanted through the interior.

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For most wounds, the best cleaning technique is to flush the area with water that is safe to drink. It’s a good idea to carry a syringe in your first-aid kit to irrigate wounds with sufficient pressure, but if you don’t have one, a clean plastic bag with a tiny hole in one corner will suffice. Hold the edges of the wound The best way to clean a wound is to flush it with copious amounts of clean water. A needle-nosed syringe is the most effective tool, but if you don’t have one handy, a plastic bag with a small hole in one corner will serve.

Signs and Symptoms >> Mechanism of injury: What happened? Probably the most common sign of a fracture is the simple fact that you fell and heard something snap. >> Deformity: Fractures often result in some deformity. The bones don’t line up as they should, or there’s a bend where there should not be. >> Discoloration: You may have swelling and discoloration associated with a fracture, but this won’t happen immediately, so don’t sigh with relief if you don’t see it right away. >> Pain and tenderness: Often with fractures, a patient can point out exactly where it hurts.

Tendonitis is usually—though not always—an overuse injury and in walkers is experienced in the knees and Achilles tendons. Boaters commonly get tendonitis in their wrists. Signs and Symptoms Tendonitis may cause some swelling, but often the main signs will be tenderness, pain with movement, and in few cases, a kind of crackly or grinding feeling in the area. Typically, tendonitis comes on slowly. Treatment Start with RICE and analgesics to control pain. You can also experiment with different techniques to limit motion in the joint or remove pressure on the tendon.

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