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FIRST AID: Hot tips to stay cool this dry season
  18 Mar 2022

The Northern Territory is a playground for anyone interested in fishing, hiking or camping, and for tourists and locals alike it’s a jackpot when it comes to nature and adventures.

With wonders like Kakadu National Park, Kathrine Hot Springs, Corroboree Rock Reserve and of course the splendour of Uluru, there's plenty of opportunities for a fun day out with friends or family.

Any Territory local would tell you the first and most important thing to pack is water. With temperatures reaching 35-40 degrees it is vital that you supply yourself with adequate amounts of water.

When the human body is exposed to high temperatures, usually as a result of prolonged exposure or physical exertion the body can begin to experience heat-related injuries such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heatstroke is a potentially life threatening condition where the body is no longer able to regulate its temperature - the internal body temperature rises and can cause organ damage. In some cases, heatstroke can cause a casualty to faint or become unconscious which can be very dangerous if hiking in a remote area.

Likely signs of heat-related injuries include symptoms like feeling hot, sweaty and beathless. Patients can also be hot and dry if sweating has stopped. Other gradual signs may include feeling hot, exhausted, weak and fatigued, high body temperature, nausea, rapid weak pulse, poor muscle control, dizziness and decreasing levels of consciousness, confusion or seizures.

Managing heatstroke is as follows:

  • Follow DRSABCD
  • Move casualty to a cool, shaded area
  • Remove any unnecessary clothing (eg. socks, undershirt)
  • Wet or soak casualty with any available (preferably cool) water
  • Fan the casualty continuously
  • If fully conscious, give cool water to drink, directing them to SIP not skull
  • If available, apply cold pack to neck, groin, armpits, facial cheeks or soles of feet.
  • If patient's condition does not improve, call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance or use your personal locator beacon.

First aid tips supplied by First Aid Trainer Trainee Samantha Green.

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