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In response to the recent program on ABC Catalyst involving a possible link between tick bites and meat allergies, St John Ambulance (Qld) wishes to remind all readers on the importance of knowing how to correctly remove a tick.

To the editor

 

Re: ABC Catalyst – Allergies to meat

 

In response to the recent program on ABC Catalyst involving a possible link between tick bites and meat allergies, St John Ambulance (Qld) wishes to remind all readers on the importance of knowing how to correctly remove a tick.

 

On the television program, it mentioned the correct removal would ensure further tick venom is not injected into the body.

 

In the event of a tick bite, follow the DRSABCD action plan (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation). Apply a cold compress to the bite area and using fine tipped forceps (available in all St John Ambulance first aid kits), press the skin down around the tick’s mouth, grip the mouth part firmly and gently lift to detach the tick. Do not squeeze the body of the tick during removal.

 

If symptoms of an allergic reaction occur, such as severe swelling, excessive itching, a large rash or difficulty breathing, dial triple zero (000) for an ambulance immediately.

 

St John Ambulance (Qld) is urging all households to learn first aid, and have a first aid kit which includes the correct tweezers for removing a tick. Having at least one person in every workplace, worksite or home mean that you and the people around you are safer should the unexpected occur.

 

St John Ambulance (Qld) encourages the continued research and development into the health and safety of Australians.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Noel Gillard

Acting CEO – St John Ambulance (Qld)

 

Media contact

Angela Madden

p. (07) 3253 0579

m. 0498 555 343

 

 

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