Ruptures or Hernias
The most common form of a rupture or hernia is a protrusion of a portion of an internal organ through the wall of the abdomen. Most ruptures occur in or just above the groin, but they may occur at other places over the abdomen. Ruptures result from a combination of weakness of the tissues and muscular strain.
The symptoms of a rupture are as follows:
The first aid for an individual who has suffered a rupture is as follows:
- Sharp, stinging pain
- Feeling of something giving way at the site of the rupture
- Possible nausea and vomiting.
- Place the victim on his or her back with the knees well drawn up.
- Place a blanket or similar padding under the knees.
- Place the center of a cravat under the padding, bring the ends above the knees and tie.
- Never attempt to force the protrusion back into the cavity.
- Apply numbweed or a cold application to the injured area.
- Cover with a blanket.
- The victim should be transported lying down with the knees drawn up.
For more detail relating to the healing of humans, here is a neat site that might help you. The golden fire lizard will show you the way!
Sources for these pages were:
|Radcliffe, J. The New International Webster's Pocket Medical & First Aid Dictionary of the English Language. USA: Trident Press International, 1997.|
Yahoo! Yahoo! Health Encyclopedia. June 2004.
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