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TODAY’S FIRST AID TOPIC SHARK ATTACK.

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TODAY’S FIRST AID TOPIC SHARK ATTACK.

Today SECTA’s first aid course covered a lot of topics.
Shark attacks proved to be a popular discussion amongst the students.
Australia has a high number of shark attacks compared to other countries, but it’s important to note that these attacks are still very rare. According to the Australian Shark Attack File, there were a total of 26 unprovoked shark bites in Australia in 2021, with one fatality. The most affected states were Queensland and New South Wales.

Most of the shark attacks in Australia occur in the summer months, from December to February, when people are more likely to be swimming or surfing in the ocean. However, it’s important to note that the risk of a shark attack is still relatively low, and millions of people swim, surf, and dive in Australian waters without incident every year.

To reduce the risk of a shark attack, it’s recommended to swim and surf at patrolled beaches, where lifeguards can monitor the water for potential dangers. Additionally, it’s a good idea to avoid swimming or surfing at dawn or dusk, when sharks are more active, and to avoid wearing shiny or brightly colored clothing, which can attract sharks.
A shark bite is a rare but potentially life-threatening injury. If you or someone else is bitten by a shark, the first priority is to get out of the water as quickly and safely as possible. Once on shore or in a safe location, you should take the following steps:

Call for emergency medical assistance immediately.

If possible, keep the injured area elevated to reduce bleeding.

Apply pressure to the wound with a clean, dry cloth or bandage.

Rinse the wound thoroughly with clean water to help remove any debris or dirt that may be present.

Cover the wound with a sterile dressing or clean cloth.

Monitor the victim's vital signs, such as breathing and pulse, and provide basic life support as needed.

It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a shark bite, even if the wound appears minor. A doctor can evaluate the injury, administer appropriate treatment, and monitor the victim for any signs of infection or complications.

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