June is National Safety Month, so let’s see how prepared you and your family are for summertime injuries. From treating jellyfish stings to knowing how to give CPR, what would you do in these situations?
If you get stung by a jellyfish at the beach, you should remove the tentacle and:
3: After removing the tentacle, ask the nearest lifeguard to treat the sting. They should have a solution of saline and vinegar on hand that will relieve the pain. Safety experts recommend always swimming or surfing near an open lifeguard tower. If there are signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath or hives, seek immediate medical attention.
If you sprain a muscle in your arm or leg you should rest, elevate your limb, wrap the injury and:
2. Use an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. The best treatment for strains and sprains is RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Heat exhaustion, which can develop after several days of high temperatures, can cause weakness, fatigue, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting or fainting. If you notice these symptoms, you should:
Southern California hiking trails can be lined with poison oak. To self-treat a rash and relieve itching, you should:
With all the time you may spend swimming this summer, knowing CPR can be a lifesaver. The American Heart Association recommends CPR with chest compressions and rescue breaths for drowning victims. How many rescue breaths should you give adults and children after each cycle of chest compressions?
The American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR for teens and adults who suddenly collapse from cardiac arrest. After calling 911, you need to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a song that is:
In an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department. Want to learn more? You can test your knowledge with this UCLA Health First Aid/Emergency Quiz.
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