Presentation on theme: "Mountain Safety. MS 1_5: FA Basics (Blisters) Learning Intention: To equip you with the knowledge to avoid and treat blisters."— Presentation transcript:
MS 1_5: FA Basics (Blisters)
Learning Intention: To equip you with the knowledge to avoid and treat blisters.
Success Criteria: By the end of this session everyone should be able to: Describe what steps to take to avoid and treat blisters when walking. Some of you may be able to: Apply zinc oxide tape to hot-spots.
Activities: 1.Brainstorm/Powerpoint: - What causes blisters? - What can you do to avoid them? - How should you treat them? 2. Practical - Zinc Oxide tape - Blister pads
What causes blisters?
Friction between your skin and your sock or boot Due to poor fit or foot preparation Your body’s way of protecting a sore area from further harm by creating a cushion of fluid
Try out your boots (and socks) before a long walk If boots are loose, tighten laces or wear additional socks If boots are too tight, get bigger ones Apply Zinc Oxide tape to known hot-spots beforehand
Zinc Oxide tape?
Available from chemists Should be a roll (or two) in your 1 st Aid Kit Doesn’t rub off or take skin away (unlike plasters!) Helps conduct heat away from hot spots
On the walk
If your feet start to hurt, STOP and address the problem Adjust boots/socks If you do not fix the problem, it will get much worse Apply tape to hot-spots
If you do get a blister… Don’t burst it until you get home This risks infection and greater damage to skin
If it bursts by itself… Apply ZO2 tape and/or blister pad over wound If possible, let it dry out overnight before re-applying dressing Use antiseptic cream on raw skin