Okay, so you have gotten yourself lost…. Don’t panic! There are things you can do.
Okay, so you have lost a group member. Don’t panic! There are things you can do.
Occasionally, things do go wrong and people may get hurt. Making good decisions in these situations will limit the severity of the situation.
Hypothermia, or exposure, is when the body’s core temperature cools by 2 degrees or more. If this cooling continues without treatment, death is possible. Hypothermia is always a concern. Good management and attention to people, their equipment and the environment (weather) will minimise the likelihood of hypothermia.
Symptoms can resemble fatigue and may be hard to recognise. Signs of clumsiness, exhaustion, irritability and uncontrolled shivering may be seen. Casualties may not recognise their own condition.
Hyperthermia, or heat stress and, in severe cases, heat stroke, is an overheating of the body’s core temperature. Again this is potentially lethal, and especially relevant to our hot dry conditions. Good management and attention to people, their equipment and the environment (weather) will minimise the likelihood of hyperthermia.
This is a preliminary guide only, do your first aid course!
Enroll in your senior first aid course today. The course will provide you with handy skills for all your adventures. Courses are reasonably priced, and are run at enough different times to be available to all. Red Cross, St Johns and Royal Life Saving run courses.
Bushwalking Leadership South Australia, in putting this information together, does in no way suggest that this is the ultimate guide and STRONGLY recommends anyone interested in bushwalking to educate themselves in the dangers involved with this activity.
Bushwalking Leadership SA STRONGLY advocates first aid training and recognised outdoor leadership training before leading groups of any sort of bushwalking.
This information is intended as a prompt or introduction to some of the basics of enjoyable bushwalking.
Trails are provided for your enjoyment and should only be used in accordance with the Code. Trail users must be adequately prepared and obtain relevant information and maps. The trail conditions may vary from time to time, and trail users are advised to check weather conditions prior to leaving. Persons should use caution at all times when using trails in South Australia.
This information was originally published in 2004. View credits.