Keeping Hunters out of the Hospital

Avoiding heart attacks, broken bones

Hunters are preparing for the start of gun-deer season on Saturday (11/23), and health officials suggest they also prepare for unexpected injuries.

The most common medical emergencies during hunting season include heart attacks, injured backs, and broken bones.

Walking long distances and shooting an animal can significantly increase your heart rate. Creating an exercise routine and taking breaks to rest can help avoid heart attacks.

Learning CPR could also save a hunting partner in the case of an emergency.

Falls are the most common type of injury, officials recommend paying attention to your surroundings and checking your tree stand’s stability.

Hunters are also more susceptible to injury if they drink alcohol, and a two-way radio can be used if you get lost or stuck.

“I think the most important thing you can do when going out into the woods is to let someone know where you are,” says Dr. Eric Grube with Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System. “Try to go with a group. And in the day and age of cell phones now, there really is no reason that you can’t get in communication with someone.”

It’s also recommended you treat every firearm as if it is loaded, and always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

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