How to treat burns

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news - By DR TONY SMITH

As bar­be­cues are be­ing dusted off and per­haps some rust re­moval tak­ing place, St John has a timely re­minder of first aid tips about what to do if you or some­one is burned.

The first thing is to make sure that ev­ery­one is safe.

Run cool (not ice cold) water over the burn for a min­i­mum of 20 min­utes. Use a tap, a hose or a shower. If water is not avail­able, use any cool non-toxic fluid i.e. soft drinks or beer.

Re­move any jew­ellery such as rings or watch, from the burnt area.

Do not re­move cloth­ing if it ap­pears to be stuck to the burnt area.

If pos­si­ble wrap the burnt area in cling film (glad wrap) af­ter cool­ing for 20 min­utes.

Call 111 for an am­bu­lance if the burnt area is larger than the pa­tient’s hand or if they are in se­vere pain.

St John wishes ev­ery­one a safe and happy break over the hol­i­days.

For more first aid tips and to en­rol in a first aid course go to www.stjohn. org.nz.

For free health ad­vice from a reg­is­tered nurse, 24/7 call the Health­line num­ber on 0800 611 116.

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