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…

Heatstroke and Sunstroke

Heatstroke and Sunstroke Heatstroke and sunstroke are used interchangeably. Heat stroke usually occurs as heat exhaustion progress and get worse. Core body temperature rises above 40°C (104°F). The cells in the body begin to break down, important functions cease, internal organs can fail and, in extreme cases, death can occur. Symptoms include vomiting, confusion, hyperventilation…

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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