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 than those exposed to the air. Protecting the wound with a…
snake bite

Snake bite

Snake bites can occur on Australian farms. Australia has some of the world’s deadliest snakes and they mainly live in rural and remote areas. Snakes also come around farm houses looking…
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 chemicals or gas. Not only are farmers and agricultural workers at risk but also children…
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. Some common examples include wood chips, metal filings, dust, insects and grain. This can occur while working in the…
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

Bleeding always requires immediate attention. Always call triple zero (000) in an emergency. First aid for severe external bleeding includes direct pressure on the wound maintained by using preferably clean…
bites and stings, ambulance when to call

Bites and stings

There are many Australian animal and insect species that bite or sting. In general, most bites and stings, such as those from mosquitos and ants, are not serious and don’t…