Camping outdoors is definitely fun filled and adventurous experience. Staying amidst the nature and having no access to the basic necessities of life might sound frustrating, but not when you are camping. There are many safety tips available for campers. However, 2 most important safety tips that are commonly ignored are – first aid and basic CPR. These two are mandated by the American Red Cross and American Heart Association. Getting trained and informed in first aid and basic CPR will ensure safety when camping.
Camping is all about wandering off the beaten and naturally encompassed paths. Therefore, having knowledge in first aid and things to do during a medical emergency, for example, saving someone’s life, handling injuries etc. is vital. In fact, frequent campers must get trained and acquire knowledge in these two important principles of safety assurance. As per American Heart Association, 80% cardiac arrests and similar medical emergencies occur outside the healthcare zone. Studies have also found that most bystanders get intimidatedby these medical situations, especially ones that require immediate implementation of CPR.
- Do not forget to pack up your first aid kit. Maintaining precaution is hundred times better than feeling sorry later on. Camping outdoors comes with its share of emergencies, from getting hurt while walking on a trail or getting stung by a bee. It is therefore, important to include antiseptic wipes, insect repellent, bandaids, pain reliever, tweezers, antibacterial ointment, etc. in your first aid kit.
- It is also important to carry emergency supplies, like, compass, maps, knife, flashlight, water, warm cloths, energy packed food items and more.
- Before you leave, remember to inquire about the weather.
- Leave your contact details and details of your whereabouts to someone known to you.In case of emergency, you and your camping team can be located or approached.
- Learning the basic CPR and first aid is mandatory, especially, when camping outdoors. CPR is a crucial first aid application.
- Call out the victim first and check whether he/she is at all responding or not. If you aren’t getting any sign of response from the victim immediately call 911 or let someone do it, while you perform the basic CPR techniques and try resuscitating the victim.
- Tilt the head of the victim with utmost care and try listening for victim’s breathing. If he/she is not breathing, then give mouth-to-mouth breaths, by pinching the victim’s nose.
- If you are still unable to make the victim breathe or respond, start giving chest compressions. Push hard between 1.5 inches and 2 inches – 100 compressions/minute.
CPR techniques for adults are different for children and infants. Thus, it is important to learn the basics and keeping yourself well prepared for handling any such emergencies and saving a person’s life. Immediate response and CPR implementation will ensure the life of a victim. Calling 911 is required, but waiting for the professionals to come and take action, is sure shot life threatening!