The History of Leith

November 9, 2010

Leith Dispensary-DIRECTIONS FOR THE RECOVERY OF PERSONS APPARENTLY DROWNED.1829

DIRECTIONS FOR THE RECOVERY OF PERSONS APPARENTLY
DROWNED.
/.—Cautious to be particularly observed,
1. Lose no-time.
2. Avoid all rough usage of the Body.
3. Never hold it up by the Feet.
4. Nor roll it on Casks.
5. Nor rub it with Salt or Spirits.
6. Nor inject Tobacco smoke, or infusion of Tobacco.
//—Restorative Means.
‘Note.—1. When the Body is found, send immediately for medical assistance ; but do not delay Ihe use of the following means of recovery :
Note 2. If no house is near, strip the Body of the wet
clothes, and put on dry ones; then proceed as
follows:—
1. Convey the Body carefully, with the Head and Shoulders
[supported in a raised position, to the nearest house.
2. Strip the Body instantly, wrap it in hot blankets, in a warm chamber, or expose it to the sun’s rays in hot weather.
A Child may be placed between two persons in a warm bed.
3. Wipe and cleanse completely the Mouth and Nostrils.
4. In order to restore the natural warmth of the Body,
which should be the first and principal object,
Move a heated warming-pan covered with flannel,
over the back.
Put bladders or bottles filled with hot water to the
pit of the Stomach, the Armpits, between the Thighs,
and to the Soles of the Feet.
Foment the Body with hot flannels;—but rather, if
possible,Immerse the Body in a warm bath, having the
water in it, as hot as the hand can bear without pain,
this being preferable to the other means for restoring
warmth.
Rub the Body briskly with the warm hand ; do not,
however, suspend the use of other means at the,same time.
5. In order to restore breathing, introduce the pipe of a common bellows (where no apparatus is at hand) into one nostril,
‘carefully closing the other one and the mouth ; at the same time
drawing- downwards and pushing gently backwards the upper
‘part of the wind-pipe, to allow a more free admission of the
air; blow the bellows gently, in order to inflate the lungs, till the breast be a little raised; the mouth and nostrils should then be set tree, and a moderate pressure made with the hand upon the chest. Repeat this process till life appears.
Electricity may be employed early by a medical assistant.

Inject into the Stomach, by means of an elastic tube
and syringe, half a mutchkin of warm brandy and water, or wine and water.
Apply hartshorn to the nostrils.
Note—This treatment recommended is to be persevered for AT LEAST FOUR HOURS. It is an absurd and erroneous opinion, that persons are irrecoverable because life does not soon make its appearance.
III.—Usage to lie observed on the Restoration of Life.
1. A tea-spoonful of warm water should be given. And,
2. If the power of swallowing be quite returned, small quantities of warm wine, or diluted brandy, may he added.
5. The patient should be kept in bed, and a disposition to
sleep encouraged.
Note.—The greatest care is requisite to maintain the restore*
vital actions, and, at the same time, to prevent undue excitement.

RECEIVING HOUSES.
Mr William Mackelvie, Seafield Baths.
.Mr Alexander Macfarlane, Salamander Street.
Mr George Cameron, Dock Gates.
Mr David Beveridge, Grocer, Hamburgh Place, Foot of Albany Street.
Mr Hamilton Gray, Peacock’s Inn, Newhaven.
Mr Andrew Greig, Chain Pier Inn, Newhaven.
For the information of strangers, it is proper to state, that it is supported entirely by “voluntary Contributions. An
annual Subscription of half a guinea constitutes a Member
and a Donation of five guineas a Governor for Life.
Subscriptions and Donations will be received by any of the
Banks or Banking Houses in Edinburgh or Leith, and by the Treasurer at the Leith Bank.

(Note-This is only included for historical interest only and not,repeat not under any circumstances to be followed today. For modern information go to a up to date First Aid book)

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