Vodafone Healthline discusses life-saving tips for road accident victims

Vodafone Healthline discusses life-saving tips for road accident victims

In the 10th and final episode of the Vodafone Healthline spin-off show, expert trauma surgeon Dr. James Aggrey Orleans shared crucial tips for handling road accident victims. With road accidents being a major public health issue, having the proper skills and tools is essential for saving lives.

The first step, according to Dr Aggrey, is to assess the safety of the scene – checking for any weapons, fire outbreaks, live wires etc., and then protecting oneself with a face-mask or other protective shield. Once the environment is secure, triage is conducted to determine the most severely injured and their urgency for treatment.

Dr. Aggrey stressed the importance of comforting the patient, assessing their injuries, and controlling bleeding by applying pressure to the wound using a gauze or cloth. The rule of thumb for treating injuries is to start with the head, as it bleeds a lot, then the body and finally the limbs to prevent excessive bleeding.

In the segment, Dr. Aggrey also demonstrated how to make a splint to support bone fractures and how to immobilise and support an injured arm by using a scarf or piece of cloth folded into a triangular shape. He stressed the importance of keeping the injured person calm and still while administering first-aid and calling for help; and he encouraged everyone to have a first-aid kit in their vehicles in case of emergencies.

In the Mythbusters segment, Dr. Aba Folson debunked the myth that pure honey is not sugar.

Host Frema Asiedu explained that honey contains more fructose than glucose, and its sweetness comes from the glucose and fructose not being combined into sucrose like table sugar. While honey has health benefits like antioxidants and cardio-protective qualities, both Drs Folson and Kweku Yalley agreed that it is still sugar and should be consumed in moderation.

The Jewels in the Kitchen segment featured a discussion on the health benefits of okra. Host, Frema Asiedu, highlighted its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and explained how the sliminess of okra protects the gut and helps maintain a healthy mucus layer and blood sugar levels.

The Vodafone Healthline show, which aims to provide free medical education to the public through broadcasts on selected media outlets and social media, is aired on UTV on Mondays from 9:30pm to 10:00pm and DGN on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 6:30pm

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