During the summer holidays in Queensland there are number of sub-tropical and tropical stings that we need to know about and that if we manage the sting we could save a life.
Irukandgi – What does it look like?? It is about the size of a $2 coin
Irukandgi Sting: If you are stung by an Irukandgi on any part of your body, the sting can be excruciating with pain in the lower back and abnominal area as well as headaches, vomiting and a feeling of impending doom.
What should you do?
- Take the casualty out of the water if safe to do so
- Manage the situation by DRSABCD – Primary Survey
- Call 000 immediately
- Pour vinegar over the site – Vinegar inactivate the stinging cells
- If vinegar does not work, use warm to hot water.
- Prepare for CPR and Defibrillation
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