Jellyfish Stings In Australia

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NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE TREATMENT OF BLUE BOTTLE JELLYFISH STINGS IN AUSTRALIA

In July 2010 Australian Resuscitation Council released new guidelines for the first aid treatment of Blue Bottle Jellyfish Stings.  These stings though not life-threatening can be extremely painful and the primary objective is pain relief with heat or cold.

ARC recommends to remove the victim from the water, then carefully remove remaining tentacles from skin surface and rinse the area well with sea water, then either immerse the affected limb in hot water for approximately 20 minutes.  If hot water not available apply cold pack or ice in a dry plastic bag.   If pain persists or if the sting is in a sensitive area, ie. the eye, call an ambulance by dialling 000 or seek assistance by lifesaver/lifeguard if available.

Note:  Jellyfish stings in Tropical Australia are still treated by dousing the stung area with vinegar for 30 seconds.

For advice concerning any marine envenomation contact Australian Venom Research Unit on 1300 760 451 or Poison Information Centre on 13 11 26

 

 

 

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