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First aid | How to treat burns in the outdoors

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Burns are one of the common injuries that may occur to outdoorspeople.

Here is what to do.

by Leon Pantenburg

The scout was boiling water to hydrate his freeze dried meal, when he spilled the hot water onto his foot and into his boot. A nearby scout leader immediately grabbed a water bottle and poured it into the boot. The young man was hustled down to a nearby creek and his foot was submerged in the cool water and the boot was removed.

The best burn treatment is prevention. Always practice fire safety.

A potentially serious injury was avoided because all the scout volunteers had completed the mandatory Wilderness First Aid class. No time was lost while someone wondered what to do, or rummaged through a first aid manual.

All it takes is completion of a first aid class to show you how much you don’t know. One of my go-to preparedness/survival books is the Survival Medicine Handbook. It is a 670-page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way.

This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.  It is geared toward the non-medical professional to help them deal with the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios.

In this podcast, the Altons discuss burns and how to treat them.

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