Organ Donor Registration

Organ Donor Registration It was National Transplant Week last week (7-13 September 2015) which is a fantastic way to promote the idea that saving lives isn’t something that you necessarily have to be alive yourself to do. The campaign has had two parts to it, one is to encourage people to sign up to being…

Why carry two Adrenalin Auto-injectors?

Why carry two Adrenalin Auto-injectors? People who have been prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector because of the risk of anaphylaxis should carry two with them at all times for emergency, on-the-spot use. 35% of patients may require more than one adrenaline dose and as many as 20% of patients will go on to develop a second…

Heat Exhaustion, A Personal Experience

Like so many incidents, especially in the outdoors, my recent bout of heat exhaustion can be traced back to a number of factors, all small variables on their own, but when combined, tried their best to ruin my day! On our family holiday this year to the Italian Alps I was lucky enough to be…

What is Secondary Drowning?

What is Secondary Drowning? Can you drown on dry land? Recently a man ‘drowned’ on dry land at the wheel of his car hours after capsizing while canoeing. Recently Alan Gough, 57, swallowed water when his canoe overturned but he swam back to shore without a problem. A few hours later he collapsed and after…

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…

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