Signs and treatment of Asthma

There are 368,000 people in Scotland currently receiving treatment for asthma. Of these, 72,000 (1 in 13 of the total population) are children and 296,000 (1 in 14 of the total population) are adults. 37,000 people in Scotland have severe asthma symptoms. Asthma attacks During the warmer months, pollen count and air pollution levels increase…

Mountain Biking Accidents and Statistics

Mountain Biking Accidents and Statistics Many accidents escalate due to a small incident being compounded by another small incident. A minor repair can be simple to deal with, however in combination with poor weather, a tired group near the end of a long day, in fading light; these factors together can quickly turn onto an…

First Aid for Lightning Strike

First Aid for Lightning Strike Did you know the following facts about First Aid for Lightning Strike? The average lightning bolt is only one inch in diameter. True. That one inch bolt can carry as much as 100 million-plus volts and is three times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning never strikes the…

Identifying And Treating Giant Hogweed

UPDATE – Following my initial blog post on 14 July 2015, I received a lot of questions asking for more detail on the recognition of Giant Hogweed, so have updated the photos and added further information. Handily, I was working on an overgrown area of land with several examples recently so was able to get…

Assessing a Sprained Ankle

Assessing a Sprained Ankle Lower leg injuries are the biggest cause of mountain rescue call outs in the UK. Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury and account for 10% to 15% of sport-related injuries. These types of injury are responsible for 7% to 10% of all hospital A&E visits. Slips, trips and tumbles…

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion occurs when the temperature inside the body (the core temperature) rises to up to 40°C (104°F). At these temperatures, you may feel sick and develop headaches, sweat excessively and feel faint. The body is losing water and becoming dehydrated. The treatment is to move swiftly to a cool place, out of…

Sunshine and Your Eyes

Sunshine and Your Eyes Spring is here, and along with that comes longer days with more sunshine. Our eyes are one area that is very susceptible to UV damage. Excessive UV exposure can hasten the development of cataracts, increase the risk of macular degeneration, and cause benign growths on the surface of the eye. Sunshine…

Assessing a Bang to the Head in the Outdoors

Assessing a Bang to the Head in the Outdoors Your friend has taken a tumble and banged their head. Is it serious or not? How do we know? The simple answer is it is difficult to diagnose a serious head injury. Of course what we would like to do is see inside the skull to…

Advice On Recognising and Treating Concussion

Advice On Recognising and Treating Concussion In this week’s blog ‘Advice On Recognising and Treating Concussion’ I’m updating a post we published earlier this year with some fresh information and resources that have become available for the recognition and treatment of concussion.  Brain Injuries including concussion are again in the headlines, with the Rugby World…

Advice on Adder Bites

Advice on Adder Bites Statistically you have more chance of being killed by a wasp than dying from a strike from Britain’s only venomous snake. The last death from an Adder bite in the UK was in 1975, when a five-year-old boy was bitten. This was in the Trossachs in Scotland. In this article we…

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