FESTIVE FIRST AID
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.