FIRST AID & SAFETY

PHILMONT LEADER TRAINING

SPRING 1998

COOPER WRIGHT (703) 971-0044

 

adapted from "The Philmont Advisor's Guide"


"The Philmont Advisor's Guide" is available for a nominal fee from Cooper Wright, Assistant Scout Master of the Venture Crew of Troop 1519 (Alexandria, VA).

For more information, please contact him directly at <CoopWright@aol.com>


CREW ADVISOR'S ROLE

  • TRAINING
  • AWARENESS
  • PREVENTION
  • MANAGEMENT
  • TOO WET - TOO COLD

  • HYPOTHERMIA - BODY'S INABILITY TO GENERATE ENOUGH HEAT TO STAY WARM
  • WHEN ONE MEMBER GETS HYPOTHERMIA, CHECK THE ENTIRE CREW

    TOO HOT - TOO DRY

  • DEHYDRATION - RAPID LOSS OF BODY'S FLUIDS DUE TO LOW HUMIDITY, WIND AND SUN
  • HEAT EXHAUSTION - BODY'S COOLING SYSTEM WORKS TOO WELL, REDUCES CORE TEMPERATURE
  • HEAT STROKE - COMPLETE SHUTDOWN OF BODY'S CAPABILITY TO COOL ITSELF; VERY RARE
  • TOO HIGH

  • ALTITUDE SICKNESS - BODY'S INABILITY TO ADJUST TO REDUCED OXYGEN PARTIAL PRESSURE, USUALLY OCCURS ABOVE 8000'
  • NOSEBLEEDS - DRY HUMIDITY BREAKS DOWN NOSE LINING, USUALLY AFFECTS THOSE WITH PREVIOUS NASAL PROBLEMS; POSSIBLE SIGN OF DEHYDRATION
  • SUNBURN - HIGH ELEVATION INCREASES EFFECT OF UV LIGHT
  • TOO DIRTY

  • PERSONAL CLEANLINESS - REMOVE SALT BUILDUP AND PREVENT HIKER'S RASH
  • CREW GEAR CLEANLINESS - AVOID THE "DIRTY POT TROTS"
  • DIARRHEA - TREAT YOUR WATER, CLEAN YOUR DISHES; CAN ALREADY COMPOUND A DEHYDRATION PROBLEM
  • BLISTERS

  • BLISTERS - SKIN IRRITATION CAUSED BY FRICTION
  • SPRAINS AND STRAINS

  • STRAINS - STRETCH INJURIES TO MUSCLES OR TENDONS
  • SPRAINS - STRETCH INJURIES TO LIGAMENTS
  • BITES

  • SNAKE BITES - LESS THAN 30 PEOPLE DIE FROM SNAKE BITES EACH YEAR (1 FATALITY IN 300 BITES)
  • INSECT BITES - MORE THAN 70 PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR FROM BEE STINGS
  • WEATHER

  • LIGHTNING
  • HAIL
  • SAFETY

  • NO BARE FEET IN CAMP, PUT ON CAMP SHOES!
  • SUPERVISE FILLING, LIGHTING AND OPERATING STOVES. ALWAYS HAVE A SAFETY POT TO THROW OVER AN OUT OF CONTROL STOVE
  • AVOID THE FRISBEE AND VOLLEYBALL GAMES IN CAMP
  • WATCH CREW MEMBERS AROUND CLIFFS
  • MAKE SURE IF A CREW MEMBER LEAVES THE CAMPSITE, HE LETS THE CREW CHIEF KNOW AND GOES WITH A BUDDY
  • FIRST AID KITS

  • IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE IT, DON'T BRING IT!
  • STRESS INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY; EACH CREW MEMBER SHOULD HAVE HIS OWN "HOT SPOT " KIT
  • DISCUSS WITH PARENTS AHEAD OF TIME ABOUT THE USE OF OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS AND ANY SPECIAL MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • SPEND SOME TIME BEFORE YOU GO READING SOME GOOD WILDERNESS FIRST AID BOOKS
  • BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE FIRST AID SUPPORT FROM YOUR VERY FIRST SHAKEDOWN

  • "The Philmont Advisor's Guide" is available for a nominal fee from Cooper Wright, Assistant Scout Master of the Venture Crew of Troop 1519 (Alexandria, VA).

    For more information, please contact him directly at <CoopWright@aol.com>


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    This Web page was created by Selden Ball at Wilson Lab.
    from a Word document provided by Cooper Wright: ASM-Venture, Troop 1519 (Alexandria, VA).
    Please send any comments about or corrections to the format to seb@lns62.lns.cornell.edu
    Please send any comments about or corrections to the information to CoopWright@aol.com