Avoiding the Emergency Room while on vacation is always a good thing. So what should the newbie tourist avoid? Well, first… when going tramping into the jungle, don’t wear flip flops, unless of course you like having your tender tootsies ripped to shreds by lava rocks. Only closed-toe shoes should be worn on any on or off-trail adventure on island.
Second, don’t forget the “Reef Safe” sunblock. Yes, 30 SPF is adequate, but it must be reapplied regularly or you might end up ruining the rest of your vacay. Sun blocking clothes, sunglasses and hats are also a must-have. And third, if injured, thoroughly clean wound and put a bandage on it. If it doesn’t start to look better within an hour or so, don’t wait, seek emergency help. The tropics is a rich breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and fungi that can be extremely nasty and difficult to fight off if left unchecked. Of course if it’t wait, seek emergency help.
The tropics is a rich breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and fungi that can be extremely nasty and difficult to fight off if left unchecked. Of course if its a serious injury it’s off to the Emergency Room ASAP…definitely DO NOT WAIT to get to help regardless of where you are located on the island. And, if you can’t get to help right away, send someone fit who can trek out fast to request an ambulance immediately.
NonResident Accidents in Hawaii
Leading cause of nonfatal injuries that required hospitalizations is 46%. (falls) 23% of spinal cord injuries due to motor vehicle crashes (and 77% are visitors)