R.I.C.E. for Injuries

Everyone agrees that most injuries are preventable. Yet the leading cause of death for Canadians 1 – 44 years is injuries.

Most bone, muscle & joint injuries are caused by a direct blow to the body, awkward or sudden movements & repetitive forces. Injuries happen at home, at the work site, from motor vehicle accidents & from participation in sports & recreational activities.

Injuries from falls are very common and can be fatal, especially for seniors. You don’t have to fall from a great height for an injury to be serious.

With a recent spring snow storm, I slipped & fell down only two patio steps. I managed to land on my ribs; fracturing three of them. I am lucky that I didn’t puncture a lung. I am also luck that I didn’t sustain a head or spine injury.

First Aid training will help you to administer proper care for yourself & others in medical need. With first aid training you’ll learn how to treat non-life threatening bone, muscle & joint injuries using the R.I.C.E. method.

R = rest            I = immobilize               C = cool           E = elevate

An exception: with broken ribs the torso should “not” be wrapped/immobilized (even if it feels better to have the extra support). If ribs are wrapped, then the lungs are restricted & become weaken & at risk for pneumonia. The doctor told me that the lungs need breathing room to stay strong.

Most everyone that I spoke to assumed that wrapping the chest with bandages was the best treatment for broken ribs. I learned first hand, this is not the case. As a first aid instructor, I now have a new story to share, when educating others about broken ribs/bones, injury prevention & treatment.  

Don’t take short cuts where safety is concerned. Take the time to be safe, stay alert, take precautions, wear safety equipment & prevent injuries. Educate your kids, your co-workers & yourself. Take first aid & safety training. Be proactive & prepared because life/injuries happen.

Contact Go-Getters Inc to arrange first aid training at your workplace. We'll give you & your co-workers the confidence to react to real life/work medical emergencies.