Here at Botany Medical and Urgent Care, we know that accidents are part of everyday life, and we deal with patients every day who’ve been unfortunate enough to experience a fall, break, or sports injury. While here at your local Botany doctors, our surgery is fully equipped with the necessary facilities to handle medical emergencies, sometimes incidents occur which require initial first aid. So, what can you do to help when your local Auckland GP is a car ride away?
When an accident does happen, it’s essential those affected receive care from trained accident and emergency doctors, as soon as possible. However, knowing some basic first aid can make an injured person more comfortable, feel safe, and in some circumstances – it can save a life.
Broken Bones – What you can do before you head to the doctor
Broken bones are a common occurrence, and they may result from trauma like a car crash, or a sporting injury – they can even happen after a fall. In later life, people are more prone to fractures dues to osteoporosis, which weakens bone structure.
People with a broken bone may display symptoms like local inflammation, tenderness and bruising – however, that’s not always the case, and it’s recommended you attend Botany Medical and Urgent Care to consult with our accident and emergency doctors in Botany town centre to get checked out and treated after any type of trauma.
Immediate medical attention is required in the case of any suspected broken bone. Your local South Auckland accident and emergency doctor will assess the injury and decide whether to use a splint (in the case of a minor break) or cast if the fracture is more serious.
You can help the victim of a fracture by immobilising the injured limb or area, and applying ice locally, which will help to limit swelling and relieve the pain. It’s also very important to watch out for and treat any symptoms of shock.
Asthma and First Aid – what to do in an emergency
Asthma is a common condition that can be dangerous if ignored or not treated, and it’s essential to know how to deal with an asthma attack.
The seriousness of an attack can vary, but all require immediate attention. Asthma can strike mildly, in which case a person will be short of breath, coughing and wheezing, while experiencing tightness in the chest. Moderate level attacks can present with a louder wheeze, and a patient will have difficulty breathing, unable to speak in anything other than short sentences. Severe asthma attacks can see a patient gasping to breathe, unable to speak, and they may even become blue around the mouth area. When asthma attacks are severe, it’s a good idea to call an ambulance immediately, and attacks can worsen quickly – especially in the case of the very young or old.
You can help a person experiencing an asthma attack in several ways. Make sure that you sit them upright, and stay with them – attacks are a scary experience and reassurance will help lessen the impact. Treat the patient with their reliever inhaler, such as a Ventolin. Mild symptoms require two puffs of the inhaler, while moderate attacks should be treated with six doses, one puff at a time, using six breaths every puff.
If the patient doesn’t improve after six minutes, call an ambulance and continue to treat with the reliever inhaler until it arrives. If the person does show signs of improvement, it’s important to keep a close eye on them and repeat treatment if symptoms reoccur. After any asthma attack, no matter how mild, it’s essential to visit your local Botany accident and emergency doctors at BM&UC.
First Aid for Cuts, Scrapes, and Grazes
Everyone should know how to treat a cut or graze and how to stop bleeding. Cuts and grazes happen often, especially when we’re young, and most can be treated successfully at home. It’s essential to clean and dress a wound or graze, and to do that, you will first need to stop any bleeding. Apply pressure locally to the injury site for a few minutes using a clean piece of material, such as a handkerchief or towel. Elevating an affected limb will help reduce bleeding and aid clotting.
Once bleeding has stopped, wash your hands and clean and dress the injury. Run the cut under a tap and dry it with a clean cloth. Apply a dressing or plaster to protect the area from infection, and try to keep the area dry when showering. Be sure to monitor for signs of infection with any graze or cut. If you observe redness, pus, or there is pain local to the injured area, or if the affected person feels unwell or feverish, see your doctor immediately.
If you can’t stop the bleeding, it’s time to attend the doctor at BM&UC. Our accident and emergency clinic in Botany town centre is equipped to deal with bleeding injuries, and our friendly team will attend to the issue immediately. You do not need an appointment in the case of an injury.
Modern Facilities for Accident and Emergency Care in Botany
At Botany Medical and Urgent Care, we believe that providing proper family care means having facilities for when the unexpected happens. We’re fully equipped with the necessary personnel to handle medical emergencies, deal with accidents, and treat injuries. There’s a resuscitation bay on site, equipped with a modern cardiac defibrillator and pacing device. We’re able to treat with a full range of splints when they’re required, and we also carry out plastering when necessary. Our highly qualified team is trained to manage emergencies and arrange timely, proper hospital transfer when further care is needed.
If you’re located in South Auckland doctor facilities are just around the corner at Botany Medical and Urgent Care. We recommend that everyone learn some first aid. However, if you’re in any doubt during a home emergency, don’t hesitate to turn to your local Botany Clinic. That’s what we’re here for. Registration at BM&UC is easy. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are available on 09 2801790 if you need advice.