What you do in the First 5 Minutes in any First Aid situation is critical.
We are compiling a list of resources of some of the more common incidents to assist our clients and the general public to KNOW What to DO.
KNOW What To Do – in the first 5 minutes
What you do in the first 5 minutes can make all the difference.
There are over a 1,000 strokes a week in Australia.
It kills more men than prostate cancer and more women than breast cancer
1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
The First 5 Minutes – Snake Bite
Snake Bite – Australia only – Not US or Asia!
This also applies to Funnel web and Mouse spider, Blue-ringed octopus and the Cone shell
Australia has 20 species of snake that are highly dangerous to humans and Brown snakes have been the biggest cause of death. Not all snakes are poisonous and many bites are ‘dry’ in that they deliver no venom…….however
The First 5 Minutes – Blue Ringed Octopus& Cone Shells
What are over 6 times more venomous than the most venomous snake in Australia and there is no anti-venom available – the Blue-ringed octopus and cone shells.
This post is about a true story from one of my First Aid courses about the Blue-ringed octopus, but it could have just as easily been about a cone shell as the toxin is the same.
Where are they found?
In tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans from Japan to Australia.
Blue-ringed octopus are small (120mm to 200mm or 5 to 8 inches), colourful and change colour when disturbed which makes them attractive to play with.