Category: First aid & emergencies

Wound care

Skin wounds need to be cleaned and dressed.  Contrary to many myths, wounds that are kept moist heal better and faster than those exposed to the air. Protecting the wound…
snake bite

Snake bite

Snake bites most commonly happen to agricultural workers and children. Australia has some of the world’s deadliest snakes and they mainly live in rural and remote areas. During spring and…
shock physical

Shock – physical

Medical shock is caused by not having enough blood circulating around your body. Reduced blood pressure decreases the flow of oxygen to vital organs and, unless attended to, is a life-threatening…
poisoning

Poisoning

Poisoning can occur when a person ingests, inhales or has skin contact with household, agricultural and industrial chemicals or gas. Not only are farmers and agricultural workers at risk but…
first aid kits

First aid kits

First aid kits are essential on farms. Life on a farm comes with its own set of hazards and a first aid kit should be properly stocked and available at…
eye injury

Eye injury – something in your eye

Eye injuries can occur when flying particles lodge in your eye or chemical splash. Some common examples include wood chips, metal filings, dust, insects, chemicals, sand and grain. This can…
crush injuries

Crush injuries

Crush injuries occur when a part of the body, such as a hand, arm, leg, foot or trunk is squashed. Often there is little damage on the outside, but the…
burns

Burns

There are many causes of burns on farms. These include burns from friction, heat, sun, chemicals, equipment and fuels. Some causes of burns include UV radiation (sunburn), flame, radiant heat,…
bleeding

Bleeding

Farming men, women, children and agricultural workers are exposed to many hazards which can potentially cause injury, resulting in bleeding. Bleeding may present as minor bleeding from small cuts, abrasions…

Bites and stings

  There are many Australian species that bite or sting, such as insects, bees, wasps, ants, mosquitos, ticks,scorpians, caterpillars, centipedes, spiders, snakes and seas creatures. Some bites and stings may…