Major Burns: What To Do While You Wait

With our current healthcare system, wait times to handle even the most severe medical emergencies are somewhat common. Except for the most extreme, life-threatening injuries, you can expect to wait at least a few minutes before treatment begins. When it comes to major burns on any part of your body, you need to go directly to an emergency room,, even if your doctor’s office is open. A doctor’s office is equipped to deal with a certain level of major burn, but you may be stuck waiting for other patients and not receive the level of treatment you need when you arrive. As you wait to be treated for major burns, it is very important that you do not do anything to irritate the burn. That does mean you do not put clothes on over the burn or wrap the burn when it is fresh. If clothing is also burned, do not try to remove it, as you run the risk of damaging muscle and tissue. Never pour cold water on a major burn, as it can cause an unsafe drop in body temperature. Cover the area of the burn, elevate the burned parts and wait for emergency help. Make sure breathing and circulation are stable.

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Burn Advice: Healing Minor Burns with Minimal Difficulty

Getting a burn is always an uncomfortable experience, but not every burn requires the services of a doctor. Read on to learn how to heal minor burns with minimal difficulty.

When you have a first-degree burn, begin the healing process by holding the reddened skin in a stream of cool water for at least ten minutes. Some burn victims choose a longer cooling period; simply keep the burn under the water until the pain ceases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Techniques For Removing A Splinter

When you think about removing a splinter, you may be flinching already, thinking about having it dug out with a needle. The truth of the matter is that removing a splinter is a lot easier than you might think!

First, consider laying a piece of tape over the splinter. Look at the splinter carefully, and pull it out in as straight a line as you can using the piece of tape as a handle. This is a fantastic way to pull out a very simple splinter that Read the rest of this entry »

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How Triple Antibiotic Ointment Aids in Healing

A triple antibiotic ointment combines the benefits of three individual antibiotics Bacitracin, Neomycin and Polymyxin B. There are so many benefits to using a triple antibiotic ointment.

Firstly, it is used as a first aid in preventing bacterial infection. The ointment can heal minor cuts, insect bites, scrapes, burns and wounds. Due to the combined effect of three antibiotics, the ointment provides long-lasting protection against a wide variety of bacteria.

A triple antibiotic ointment is extremely convenient. Rather Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin on March 29th, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

How Expensive is a Trip to the Emergency Room?

How hospitals calculate the costs of an emergency room visit may surprise you. Patients that have health insurance actually pay less than those who do not have insurance. Why? Hospitals negotiate lower treatment charges with managed care or private insurers. One reason hospitals do this is because they have a better chance of getting paid by an insurance company than they do by a patient without health insurance.

Medicaid and Medicare actually set the prices that emergency rooms can charge patients for treatment. These charges are significantly less than what other patients are charged.

Those without health insurance can negotiate with hospitals to lower the price tag of their emergency room visit. Think of it as retail shopping. Regular prices are over inflated. Retailers and hospitals can afford to put their merchandise or services on sale and still make a profit. Hospitals are willing to accept payment less than full price because some payment is better than no payment.

The cost of the emergency room visit will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Geographic regions also play a part in emergency room pricing. If testing or surgery is needed, the cost of the visit will increase.

Often, health insurance companies dictate that patients choose a hospital when they enroll in a health insurance plan. If someone is injured and needs emergency room treatment, the patient must go to the named hospital in order to receive full coverage. Health insurance companies are actually easing up on these requirements. Insurance providers are also becoming more flexible with pre-approval and referral requirements.

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Posted by admin on January 22nd, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Peroxide Vs. Antiseptic Spray: Which is Best?

Many of us don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a bottle of peroxide in the medicine cabinet. Whenever we got a cut out it came. It would sting but we marvelled at how it bubbled as out mother told us that was the peroxide getting rid of the bacteria. While that was not actually why it was bubbling it did make us feel better.

Antiseptic sprays are another type of cleansing product that became an alternative. The spray did sting as bad, but we didn’t see the “bubbling action” that made us feel so much better. Now Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin on June 1st, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

How To Tell If A Cut Needs Stitches

Getting cut can be scary. While it is likely the recipient of the cut did not premeditate the occurrence, it is easy to become panicked and rush off to the emergency room to seek professional care, and this is always followed with an expensive bill. By staying calm, anyone can determine whether stitches are going to be necessary or if a band aid will sufficiently heal the wound.

First and foremost, it is very important to first clean the cut. Not only does this Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin on May 28th, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

First Aid 101: What Does RICE Stand For?

If you suffer a sports-related injury such as a muscle strain or sprain, prompt first aid treatment can make a big difference in the healing process. RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, is a popular acronym that you should remember in the event of a sports injury. These first aid measures can help to relieve swelling and reduce pain.


Resting the injured area of the body is essential to the healing process and protects the tendons, ligaments and muscles from additional injury. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin on May 24th, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

What Every First Aid Kit Needs To Have

Carrying a first aid kit that is well-stocked in your home and car is essential to being prepared in the event of an emergency. A first aid kit can be built for a specific activity; although there are basic items that every first aid kit should have.

A cell phone is a crucial component to a first aid kit in case you need emergency medical assistance. If you do not carry a cell phone with you at all times, be sure to include one in your first aid kit. Adhesive bandages Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin on May 23rd, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

What Every First Aid Kit Needs To Have

One of the most important things you need to have in your household is a first aid kit. No one expects to cut or burn themselves, and supplying a first aid kit is inexpensive. Further, there are only a few items needed to create a basic kit.

To begin with, you will need supplies for when you are cut. This includes band-aids of varying sizes, gauze and tape to hold the gauze in place. You will also want some sort Read the rest of this entry »

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