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D) Cover the cloth with a sheet of thin plastic or cellophane. Fig. 18 Hot soaks (e) Wrap it with a towel to hold in the heat. If) Keep the affected part raised . Fig. 19 Gasgangrene (g) When the cloth starts to cool. put it back in the hot water and repeat. Fig. 17 Instructions for usinghot compresses 4. What to Do when Someone is Burned or Scalded The severity of a bum depends upon two factors: Partial-thickness bums (1) the depth of the bum; (2) the extent of the bum. These cause damage to the deeper layers of the skin and thus expose a red weeping area of the capillary (small blood vessels) layer.

1 ml just under the skin. If there is sensitivity (allergic reaction) give the anti-venom in gradually increasing doses. Only in extreme life-and-death cases should the full injection, without testing, be given. Likewise only in extreme cases should the cutand-suck treatment be used. Some of the worst effects of snake bites and ones which have turned out to be non-poisonous---have been the result of unnecessary and inexpert cutting which has damaged nerves, tendons and blood vessels. There is at present considerable discussion regarding the preferred immediate treatment for snake bites in cases where the patient can quickly receive hospital treatment Some authorities recommend the firm bandaging upwards of the affected limb.

Vomiting. Belly pains. Change in degree of consciousness (see page 4). Changes in breathing (either an increase or decrease in depth and rate). Changes in pulse (either an increase or decrease in rate and strength). Changes in pupils (either larger or smaller). Convulsions (fits). g. infected food or water. g. fumes from motor-ear or gas. g. snake bites or insect stings. Because different poisons result in different signs and symptoms, it is difficult to give precise ones for every poison. Again 'clues' can be useful in helping you to know which one you are dealing with.

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