Ankle Injury – Sprained or Fractured?

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Each year ACC processes around 50,000 new ankle injury claims from sport and recreation alone making it one of the most common injuries across the country. While recognising ankle trauma is fairly straight forward, deciding whether the patient has a sprain or a fracture and whether they require an X-Ray is much more complicated. Fortunately, a few on to it … Read More

Marmot NZ come on board

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Peak Safety is stoked to announce that Marmot New Zealand has officially come to the party and kitted out our crew in quality outdoor clothing. We have worn Marmot gear for nearly 20 years in a range of different outdoor environments and find it bang-on for the NZ conditions. Our team spend countless hours providing emergency and medical services in … Read More

Adrenaline For Anaphylaxis

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There is no doubt adrenaline is a life saving drug. While it does not reverse the production of histamines and other chemicals during an anaphylactic event, it can overcome their life threatening effects for a period of time. Each organisation should, before supplying adrenaline to its staff, conduct a thorough assessment of it’s anaphylaxis risk. Factors to take into account … Read More

Spine Board Use

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We treat traumatic patients as though they have a spinal injury that could compromise their spinal cord if they have any of the following: A substantial mechanism of injury (high speed impacts, landing on head etc) Midline point tenderness Neurological deficit A lowered level of consciousness (are they orientated enough to register spinal pain?) Any significant distraction (could they be … Read More

Pre-Hospital Oxygen Use

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Organisations such as outdoor education centres, ski patrols, fire brigades, rescue teams and some expedition companies carry oxygen to help stabilise unwell patients prior to evacuation by the emergency services. Traditionally supplementary oxygen has been widely used for a range of different ailments, often without much thought as to why it is being administered. Commonly, when asked why a patient … Read More

First Aid on the Water

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“Hmmm… I hadn’t planned on that!”  Sound familiar? The following article was originally published on NRS by Kyle “Smitty” Smith Where is the second half of my crew? I’m wedged in the boiling eddy below a fierce, rock-jumbled rapid. Too much time has gone by. Something isn’t right. In the blink of an eye, I see a bright orange flash rounding the bend; … Read More

Care for the Drowning Victim

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In 1985 215 New Zealanders died of drowning in one year. Since then this figure has declined to average 105 deaths per year over the past 5 years due to a comprehensive Water Safety programme run by Water Safety NZ. Despite this decline, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of drowning per capita of any developed country. Where … Read More

Helicopters for Emergency Care

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Helicopters have become an important part of patient transport over recent years. They have often improved the outcome of some otherwise dire situations. However, it is important that we don’t place too much reliance on them — they are not always available due to weather, communications or other problems. Other methods of transportation may be needed. Hopefully, you are never … Read More