If a person is poisoned by bleach, fuel, acid, drugs, fumes, etc, the first aid treatment you give can prevent death! Here are important First Aid and Treatments for Household Poisoning that can given in other to prevent death or prevent it from getting worse. However, what to do depends on the type of poison and whether it’s on the skin, eyes, inhaled, or swallowed.
What to do:
1. If poison is on the skin or clothes;
– quickly & carefully remove the victim’s clothes
– pour large amounts of water over the skin for 15 minutes
– wash skin thoroughly many times with soap & water
– move to the nearest hospital!
2. If poison is in the eyes;
– remove any contact lenses
– pour CLEAN WATER on the eyes for 15 minutes (DON’T USE SOAP!)
– encourage blinking
– move to the hospital instantly.
Every second here matters & a slight delay could lead to permanent loss of sight!
3. For swallowed poisons;
-follow instructions for the poisoning on the container
– give some water or milk instantly (IF the swallowed poison is burning, irritating, or caustic, and the person is awake, not convulsing, and can swallow!)
– then move to the hospital
4. For inhaled or sniffed poisons;
– instantly move the victim to a place with fresh air devoid of toxic fumes.
– if they vomit, turn their head to the side to avoid choking.
– if no signs of life (not moving, breathing, or coughing) start CPR! – to hospital.
Please remember after attempting the first aid measures for about 15 minutes, you must rush the person immediately to a health center. If possible, bring some of the poison or medicine and its container with you. And try to keep the victim from crying.
NEVER TRY TO MAKE A POISON VICTIM VOMIT!
Don’t stick a finger or spoon in their mouth to make them “vomit out the poison”! If you try that, you’ll cause further harm that can make the poison enter their airway & cause serious injury that kills faster!
Many children in particular die of household poisons before reaching the hospital due to inappropriate first aid measures. These tips apply to both children & adults of all ages.
From experience, people frequently get poisoned by:
-Pain relieve drugs
-Smoke & generator fumes
-Pesticides & insecticides
-Bleach & caustic soda
-Household fuels like kerosene, petrol & diesel.
Poisons are hiding everywhere!
In your bathroom, sitting room, kitchen, garage, backyard even office.
Kids are particularly vulnerable. This tip aims to make you capable of giving first aid treatment to a poison victim before medical help arrives.
Every person, parent, or caregiver must be aware of the risks of accidental poisoning as their child grows up. Even as adults, we don’t know when accidents happen. A stitch in time saves nine.