PAGES 760-763 768-769. Injuries and First Aid. **Wear protective gloves** If a minor cut, wash with water…for major injuries with heavy bleeding, skip to next step. Direct pressure Elevate Roller bandage If bleeding through, add more bandage Pressure points
1st Degree – Top layer of skin is red and dry.
Treatment – put under cold water for 10 minutes.
Do not use ice
2nd Degree – Destroys multiple skin layers, red blotchy skin, blistersform, pain and swelling
Treatment – cold water (not ice) and elevate. Wrap loosely with dry dressing and get medical attention.
3rd Degree – critical burn destroying skin and possibly fat, muscle, nerves and bone.
Skin looks gray or charred black
Treatment – call 911. Cold water (not ice). Wrap loosely with dry dressing
5 back blows followed by 5 abdominal thrusts
Melanoma: The most dangerous form of skin cancer (that is highly curable when detected in its earliest stages & treated). Of the 1 million new cases of skin cancer that will be diagnosed this year in the US, approximately 88,000 will be melanoma. It can occur on any skin surface! It begins in the type of skin cell called a melanocyte. As part of the tanning process, these skin cells produce large amounts of skin pigment or melanin, to help protect the skin from burning. The main cause of melanoma appears to be related to excessive UV (ultra-violet) radiation exposure.
Moles have sharply defined borders
Can be flat or raised
If raised, they are raised evenly
**Watch for changes in appearance**
One half does not match the other half
Edges become ragged, notched or blurred
Any sudden or continuing increase in size
Mole is larger than 6mm (size of a pencil eraser)
Surgery to remove (excise) melanoma removes the cancer and a border of healthy tissue.
The inner circle represents the melanoma and healthy tissue that are excised
The eye shaped incision is often done to neatly close the surgical site.
Personal or family history of blemishes
(dysplastic nevi or melanoma)
Severe childhood sunburn.
Protecting skin during the first 18 years of life reduces the risk of
some types of skin cancer by up to 78%!!
Large pigmented skin blemishes (congenital nevi)
You can get a sunburn even on a cloudy day!
Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist, and fog.
Snow reflects the sun like a mirror.
Fresh snow reflects nearly 90% of the sun’s rays.
You can burn while you’re in the water!
Water reflects 80% of the sun’s radiation.
Dry surfaces reflect some of the sun’s rays.
Concrete reflects up to 85% of the sun’s rays.
Just one sunburn can increase your
chance of developing skin cancer by 50%!
Protect yourself during any outdoor activity with a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15.Sun’s peak hours are 10am- 4pm. Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outdoors to allow penetration into the skin. Reapply after 2 hours.
(American Cancer Society)