FES­TIVE FIRST AID

Scottish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

What to do in an emer­gency at Christ­mas time. this week: Fall­ing off a chair or lad­der

TUM­BLING from a chair or miss­ing your step on a lad­der while putting up Christ­mas lights is a com­mon way to sprain, strain or even break a bone. A third of all fes­tive in­juries in­volve falls, ac­cord­ing to 2015 data.

Emma Ham­mett, founder of first aid train­ing provider First Aid For Life, says: ‘Un­less the limb is at an odd an­gle, there is a change of colour, or the bone is stick­ing out [all of which in­di­cate a break], you could treat it at home.’ Wrap a bag of frozen peas in a towel and put this on the area, el­e­vate the limb and rest for 24 hours. Take parac­eta­mol if needed. Over-65s with sus­pected frac­tures must visit A&E, as their bones are highly vas­cu­lar and can bleed in­ter­nally.

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