Summer is here! The school bags will soon be slung into a cupboard and the suitcases brought out to pack for holidays and family visits. Whether you are travelling by car, train or plane, the one thing that should always be taken is your First Aid Kit.
How many times have you been caught out after an injury with a disintegrating tissue, grubby bandage or out-of-date disinfectant cream? Not this year! Order your own HealthFirst First Aid Kit before the end of July and we will rush the Kit to you. Choose from:
How to make an arm sling
One of the essential items that you will find in both kits is an arm-sling, used for injured collarbones, shoulders, elbows, arms, wrists and hands. Do you know why you would use one of these?
Four reasons for putting an arm sling on an injured person:
- It’s a pain-killer. Every time damaged skin, muscle, tendons, bones and joints are moved, they send strong pain messages along the nerves to the brain. Ouch! If these damaged tissues are kept still and supported in an arm sling then the person will be in less pain.
- It prevents secondary injury. If the damaged tissues are kept still in the sling, then this reduces the chance of bone fragments, torn veins and ligaments wobbling about and causing worse bleeding or swelling etc.
- It accelerates recovery. It is scientifically proven that if, after an injury, people have their pain controlled and psychological stress reduced, they heal quicker. Excellent First Aid includes reassuring the person with words, gestures and eye-contact whilst putting on an arm sling.
- It gives a clear signal to others. When another person sees the arm sling, they know that the wearer is injured and needs to be cared for. A paramedic, nurse or doctor will also be able to direct their questions and treatment quickly to the injured arm, indicated by the presence of the arm sling.
Can you put these pictures in the right order? (answer at the bottom of this blog)
From all of the HealthFirst Team, we wish you a happy and healthy summer.
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ANSWER: D – E – B – A – C
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