Friday, October 15, 2010

How to Handle Home Emergencies

From the October 2010 issue of Consumer Reports on Health comes information on how to handle home emergencies.

Some of the highlights:
  • Cuts and scapes - Clean cuts with soap and running water, rather than alcohol, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Bleeding - Use pressure to stop bleeding, rather than elevating the affected area or applying chemical products designed to stem the flow of blood.
  • Burns - Ice can damage skin further; run cool water over the burn for 10-20 minutes to stop the burning process.
  • When to go to the hospital
  • What should be in your home first-aid kit and your car first-aid kit.
Read the entire article at the UCSF Patient Health Library.

Other resources:

When Should I Go to the Emergency Department?  [from the American College of Emergency Physicians]

First Aid & Safety  [from]

First-aid kits: Stock supplies that can save lives  [from the Mayo Clinic]