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By Eric Weiss

Innovative improve in emergency medication wisdom, strategies, and gear, in addition to a brand new usual of first relief perform permeate the textual content and supply the root for lay humans to supply very important emergency care in distant settings.

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A patella tendon band placed around the leg, below the kneecap, may help prevent pain during walking (see below). Use of two trekking or ski poles while hiking will help absorb impact on the knees. 55 STRAINS A strain is an injury to a muscle or its tendon. The tendon connects the muscle to the bone. Strains often result from overexertion, or lifting and pulling a heavy object without good body mechanics. Strains can sometimes be disabling, especially in the back. Symptoms and treatment are the same as for sprains.

Kidney Infections A kidney infection (Pyelonephritis) will often produce back pain and can be mistaken for a back injury (See Urinary Tract Infections, page 110). 58 Fractures Fractures Fractures A fracture is any break or crack in a bone. An open, or compound fracture occurs when the overlying skin at the fracture site has been punctured or cut. This can happen when a sharp bone end protrudes through the skin or from a direct blow which breaks the skin as it fractures the bone. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound.

Check for a pulse in the wrist and determine if the victim can move his fingers and wrist. Treatment Pull on the tip of the finger with one hand, while pushing the base of the dislocated finger with the other hand (Fig. 45). After reduction, buddytape the reduced finger to an adjacent finger (Fig. 46). Finger Dislocation Recognition There victim will be unable to move the dislocated joint and there will be an obvious deformity. Do not attempt to reduce a dislocation at the base of the index finger.

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