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Treating Injuries from Hiking Outdoors

Going outdoors and exploring is an exciting adventure that allows you to see nature in a way that is different than your everyday life. While this is really amazing and gives you some amazing, breathtaking views things can get scary fast if something goes wrong.

This means that you will have to take some preparations before going outside. To help keep insects away on your outdoor adventures, make sure to pack some of your doterra oils. That way, you can avoid those pesky insects and enjoy the view. If you are going on a hike in your city, you may not need that much gear, but you will want to take water, snacks and a first aid kit in case something goes wrong.

In case something does go wrong, here are the 5 things you can do to safely treat injuries while you are outdoors:

Survey the Scene

This may sound a little unnecessary but it is one of the most common ways multiple people get injured. There are certain steps for first aid that allow people to help others while staying safe.

When you are outside and someone trips on a root or branch they can fall down a hill. If you try to go after them before looking, you may trip on that same root or end up falling down the same hill. This leaves both of you unable to help each other or get help.

Check for Seriousness

After you have surveyed the scene and made sure it is safe, you can check the status of the person who is injured. Maybe they just fell down and have some scratches.. Or it could be more serious where the person is not breathing and you have to start compressions and CPR.

If the scene was serious but the person who was injured is not bleeding, this could be a sign of internal bleeding. This can be skipped over quite easily and can lead to a person dying from blood loss. Check for abdominal tenderness and swelling, if these symptoms are present, get help and wait for them to arrive.

Get Medical Attention if Needed

You do not need to call 911 if your friend trips and scraps themselves a little bit. If someone can’t breath, has a broken bone or is knocked unconscious you will want to get help. Call 911, most cellphones have an emergency call feature when you are out of service. This notifies medical personnel and can get you the help that you need. After you have surveyed the scene, you should call medical professionals if anyone is seriously hurt.

Keep You and The Injured Safe

You have surveyed the scene, checked everyone out and called for help if it is needed. The next step is to make sure that everyone is safe. This can look like cleaning off scrapes and bandaging them. It could be administering medicine to them and making them drink some water.

If the situation is more serious, the situation could look like you administering CPR until medical help arrives. Whatever situation, make sure that everyone, including yourself is safe until you can get to safety or until help arrives.

Get Indoors if Possible

If everyone is not in critical danger and can walk safely, you will want to find some kind of shelter. When hiking through the fall and winter seasons, the chance of rain and snow increase. Warm weather can also be scary because you risk developing heat exhaustion and dehydration.

This does not mean that you have to go in a building that has 4 walls and a solid ceiling. It can be something as simple as a tarp that you hang up that covers you from the sun blazing down on you if you can’t walk. If you can walk it could be going to a ranger station.

When injuries are not treated probably they can eventually become serious and even result in death. Make sure you are always prepared while going outdoors. What are some ways you stay prepared while hiking? Share with a friend who loves to go outdoors and hike!

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