Honolulu (KHON2)- In our latest edition of In
Sickness and In Health, we learned about the most common traumatic injuries in
Hawaii- falls and burns and what to keep on hand at home from Adventist Health
Trauma Program Coordinator Sarah Janoian of
Adventist Health Castle says, “Here in Hawaii, falls make up nearly half of the
traumatic injuries we see. Our patients that 65+ and on “blood
thinners”, unfortunately we see a lot of head injuries. So much so, that
it makes us kind of unique, where the mainland is mostly motor vehicle accidents.
We also see burns from water heaters, stove fires, and spilled Saimin. And then
there are out keiki. You just never know what to expect with those little ones.
Jumping out of trees and off rocks.”
She always has on hand gauze pads and roller
gauze also elastic bandage wraps and or coban (he stuff they wrap around your
arm when you give blood) in case she needs to stop any kind of bleeding.
She also carries a Stop the Bleed tourniquet
and sterile saline to rinse wounds, burns, and a good pair of scissors.
One other tip? Having a fire extinguisher in
the house is super important.
Finally, If you or someone else does get
burned- NO ICE- ICE IS NOT NICE.
What should you do? Rinse it off with lukewarm
water, cover it with clean dry gauze and head on over to the ER or burn center.
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