While fishing may be a very relaxing sport or hobby for enthusiasts and vacationers, there are some hidden dangers that it can bring. Like any other sport or activity, it is important that we are always careful to avoid fishing trip mishaps that can potentially ruin a perfectly good vacation trip.
To prevent or subdue a fishing accident, it is essential to arm oneself with the proper medical knowledge that can possibly save lives. You don’t necessarily need a PhD to secure yourself in your next fishing trip but knowing a few first aid techniques will surely go a long way. Learn more about acquiring essential medical knowledge here.
Here are some common fishing accidents and simple first aid treatments:
- Treating Wounds – Just like hunting tools, fishing tools can also pose a great threat because of the sharp edges and hooks present in the gears and apparatus. Your first aid kit must contain basic antiseptic medicine to be able to treat small wounds or scrapes on the skin. Small cuts can be treated with a swab of antiseptic cream and then bandaged. Large wounds or deep cuts need pressure to reduce the bleeding. You can also use gauze pads or a clean cloth to apply direct pressure to a large wound.
- Hooks on Skin – Anglers will have occasional bouts of “getting hooked”. While small fishhooks can be carefully removed when they are not around vital areas (face, eyes, back of hands, and other areas where blood vessels, tendons and ligaments are largely visible), it is best to leave this to doctors. Never remove a fishhook if they are large or around the face area as you can do more damage if it’s not done right.
- Hypothermia – Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Being exposed to cold water or wind for a long time can cause hypothermia. Signs include exhaustion, shivering, slow speech and drowsiness. To treat mild hypothermia, remove all wet clothing and raise the body temperature by giving warm drinks, food or applying body heat. Get the patient to the hospital as fast as possible as this can be very dangerous when not treated quickly.
Here are some essential things to pack in your first aid kit. Make sure that these important things are all packed in a waterproof case to prevent damage to the supplies.
- Antiseptic medicine to treat wounds and minor cuts
- Anti-bacterial bandages and gauze pads
- Instant ice packs to treat inflammation
- Neosporin or other similar medicine to prevent infection
- Pain relievers
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Tweezers for removing foreign matter on skin
- Insect bite creams
Treating an injury with first aid techniques can prevent large scale damages or even save the life of a loved one. Remember to always exercise safety precautions when doing first aid, even when you are treating a simple cut or wound. While this is good practice, it is still important to get to the doctor or any medical professional as soon as possible so that the injury can be treated in a safe environment and with expert hands.