Don’t panic … he’s alright … but Chris has burnt himself!

Every experience is a learning opportunity, and in this case Chris has picked up a few tips on treating burns properly and added a little more knowledge to the memory bank for future travels.
It’s also prompted him to tell his story and give a gentle reminder to all.
By the way, we are not experts in burn treatment, we are simply discussing Chris’s misfortune and highlighting correct treatment methods. Always seek professional advice and consider doing a first aid course if you plan to travel, particularly into remote ares.

You can listen to Chris’s story here …


Follow DRSABCD (Doctors ABCD).

Extinguish any burning clothing, by covering flames with a blanket or rolling on the ground.

Evaluate the burn and seek medical assistance asap.

Always call triple zero (000) in a medical emergency.

You need to slow down the burning process, so the golden rule is 20 minutes of cool running water to the burn area, this can be under a tap, or gentle movement in a stream or clean water source.

Alternatively if you have a jerry can of water, place the burn over a clean bucket and slowly pour water over the burn and into the bucket, this can then re-circulated as required.

It is best to remove all jewellery and clothing from the burn area, however if anything is stuck to the burn, leave for a medical practitioner to manage.

Even though you are cooling the burn, it’s important to keep warm so use a blanket or jacket to prevent heat loss. Sometimes you might go into shock, start to shiver and become very cold … stop the water cooling process for a while.

Use cling wrap or a clean cloth to cover and protect the burnt area, avoid material that can stick.
Don’t use cling wrap if the burn is on the face.

Ice, creams, oil or other substances are not recommended.

We have gathered and collated the above information from various sources, however we support the work St John does, so we’ve included links to their resources.
If you plan to do extended travelling in remote areas, an appropriate first aid course is also recommended.

Remember … please seek proper medical advise asap after a burning incident … don’t delay.


First Aid Kits

It’s important to keep your kit up to date (check use by dates) and select a kit that suits your travel plans. Perhaps visit your pharmacy and take your kit with you, they can evaluate and recommend additions or changes.

Ready made kits are available and vary in size and cost, but should cost be an issue compared to saving lives?

You can check out St John’s kits here.

St John Off Road Kit contains:

1 x 4080 Bag resealable medium 15cm x 23cm
1 x 1087 Bandage Crepe 15cm
1 x 1070 Bandage Crepe 5cm
1 x 1080 Bandage Crepe 7.5cm
1 x 505410 Cleansing wipes 10s
1 x 1060 Crepe heavy 10cm
1 x 2000 Dressing universal small 20 x 40cm
1 x 2090 Dressing Wound No 14
1 x 3080 Emergency Accident Blanket
1 x 3225/1 Emergency First Aid book
1 x 3070 Forceps -12.5cm SS Sharp
1 x 2020 Gauze Swabs 7.5cm x 7.5cm 3s
1 x 305402M Gloves Nitrile Medium pair (disposable)
2 x 223501 Island Dressing – Large 8.5 x 6cm
2 x 2140 Non-adherent Dressing 7.5cm x 10cm
1 x 3140 Note pad & pencil
2 x 2050 Pad Combine 10 x 10cm
2 x 2170 Pad Eye – large
1 x 3538 Resusomask, Disposable
1 x 3130 Safety pins in bag 12s
8 x 5111 Saline Steritube 15ml
1 x 3010 Scissors – 12.5cm SS Sharp/Blunt
1 x 2100 Sheet Burns- small
1 x 309105 Splinter Probes Disposable 5s
1 x 502010 Stop Itch 50g
1 x 2230 Strips Adhesive in box x 50
3 x 2290 Swabs Alcohol x 1
1 x 1128 Tape hypo-allergenic 2.5cm x 9m
1 x 3180 Towels disposable in bag 3s
2 x 1181 Triangular Bandage 110cm x 110cm
1 x 522600 x UP sunscreen Tube 30+ 100g

* Contents subject to change

Royal Flying Doctor Service

For 24-hour medical and emergency assistance:
These numbers are only to be used in an emergency for people without access to hospital services in their local area.

Qld – 1300 69 7337

NSW – (08)8088 1188

WA – 1800 625 800   For satellite phone calls: 08 9417 6389

SA – 1800 733 772)   NT – 1800 733 768
HF Radio (4010kHz, 6890kHz or 8165kHz)
Satellite Telephones: 08 8648 9555

For all other locations please dial 000 to be connected to your local emergency services.