First Aid Afloat – jellyfish stings
Wherever you are boating in the world I am sure you will be using a pilot guide to aid your navigation.
Often in the introduction to the area section there will be a part talking about different types of sea creatures that may sting you and how to treat a sting.
Sometimes it can be useful to do some additional research online as well. One type of sea creature that I have come across all round the world are jellyfish. I am sure you are aware they can give a painful sting.
How to treat a jellyfish sting:
• Check for dangers
• Check for level of response and for normal breathing, treat as appropriate
• If crew member shows signs of severe allergic reactions, treat as appropriate
• To treat the actual sting, wash the area with vinegar (4-6% acetic acid solution) for at least 30 minutes to deactivate the venom
• After the sting material is removed or deactivated immerse the area in as hot water as possible without scalding
• Monitor and record the crew member’s vital signs
(from the new iPhone & Android app by Paul Hopkins First Aid Afloat)