Trails Club of Rossmoor

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First Aid

The Trails Club is not allowed to dispense medication. Hikers can choose to take medication on their own.

When to call for help: a card with local emergency phone numbers is attached to each First Aid kit.

Hiker cannot stand independently, cannot communicate their needs, is having trouble breathing or is experiencing severe pain.

Bleeding can't be stopped and/or there are obvious signs of a broken bone or severe sprain that prevents walking.

Suspected stroke or heart attack.

Allergic reaction to a bee sting and no epi-pen is available.


What's Inside Trails Club first aid kits?

  • Ace bandage
  • Various bandages, tapes & gauze
  • Cloth to fold into a sling or tourniquet & rigid support
  • Scissors, gloves
  • Tweezers

A completed Health Form Card should be carried by all hikers at all times.  Contact Anne Squire if you don't have a card.

‚ÄčIn addition, it's recommended that hikers store Emergency Info on their cell phones and learn to use SOS features.

iPhone

Android phone


Common Health Issues on the Trail and How to Address Them

Dehydration

If a hiker feels too tired to continue the hike, dizzy or overheated - first suggestion is to have them sit in a shaded area and provide clean drinking water.

Scrape or cut

Wounds should be cleaned as thoroughly as possible and covered to prevent infection.

Sprains

Sprains should be wrapped with an Ace bandage.

Arm or wrist injuries may be slinged for comfort.


Other less common occurrances

Bee stings

Rinse with cool water if possible. Don't pull out stinger by the body. Use tweezers to remove stinger and prevent toxin from injecting.

Allergic hikers should always carry an epi-pen and alert leader of their allergy.

Snake bites

Note what size and type of snake bit the hiker (photograph if possible) and the time bit occurred.

Wash the bite with soap and water.

Don't apply a tourniquet.

Don't try to suck the venom out.

Keep the bitten area still and lower than the heart.

Cover the area with a clean, cool compress or a moist dressing to ease swelling and discomfort.

Monitor breathing and heart rate.

Remove all rings, watches, and constrictive clothing, in case of swelling.

If possible, draw a circle around the affected area.


Trails Club of Rossmoor 1001 Golden Rain Road Walnut Creek, CA 94595


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