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Ocean Care Solutions new Lionfish Sting 1st Aid Kit expands company family of marine sting first aid products

Ocean Care Solutions is devoted to providing safe and effective marine sting first aid products for the consumer.  Our products have been tested true as each individual kit follows the medically accepted first aid protocol supported by life saving agencies, physicians and medical facility research groups worldwide.  Each kit has all the components necessary, with easy to follow instructions, to provide immediate 1st aid medical attention on a variety of marine stingers.  No matter what you pleasure at the ocean; sport fishing, surfing, scuba, distance swimming, snorkeling or just hangin’ out in the surf, always be prepared with Ocean Care Solutions first aid products….Available on line or select retailers…Ask for it by name..You’ll be glad your did !!

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Lionfish envenomation 1st aid kit developed by Ocean Care Solutions

Lionfish are colorful marine fish with venomous spiky fin rays. Its presence is increasing around the seas of the world and present a danger to fishermen, divers and swimmers. Its venom can lead to extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness, redness on the affected area, headaches, and numbness although its venom is rarely fatal.

This chilling animated graphic shows the population explosion of poisonous lionfish in Florida, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the Atlantic seaboard between 1986 and 2011: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/fish/Lionfishanimation.gif 

Treating Lionfish Sting Injuries

Being stung by the long, thin, needle-sharp spines of even a small lionfish generally results in a fire-like pain which is often localized to the area stung, but may travel along the extremity. Expect swelling. Needless to say, a sting to the head, neck or body cavity is more serious and should be considered a medical emergency. It is possible that a portion of the spine may break off in the wound, requiring surgical intervention. Infection is always a possibility. A host of other symptoms and complications are possible.

First-aid for a lionfish sting (before you can get to a doctor) mainly consists of applying heat, which destroys the venom. The problem is, where are you going to get heat if you are out on a boat or standing on a dock?

Ocean Care Solutions has developed a lionfish sting first-aid kit that has what you need. It should be available around mid-January 2013 and will retail for around $20. The supplies contained in the kit are based on treatment protocols with scientific and medical support and derive from medical data and injury reports.
Ocean Care Solutions Lionfish Sting First-Aid Kit

What’s in the OCS Lionfish Sting First-Aid Kit?

  • Moist towelette for cleaning hands
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Gauze pad to help slow bleeding
  • Sterile saline solution for rinsing wound
  • Forceps / tweezers to remove spines
  • Instant Heat Pack to alleviate pain
  • Elastic wrap for holding heat pack in place
  • Ocean Care Solutions triple antibiotic ointment
  • Adhesive bandages

Ocean Care Solutions is a pioneer in the development of effective, convenient and affordable first-aid kits for marine sting injuries, including for jellyfish, stingrays, sea urchins, fire-coral, and Portuguese Man-of-War.

Ocean Care Solutions’ products were nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Below are the instructions as shown on the back of the foil packet which houses the kit. Click on the image below to enlarge it enough to read:

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Content courtesy of David McRee..Beachhunter.net

http://www.blogthebeach.com/2012/nature/fish/lionfish-in-florida-problems-and-solutions

Field use report from Galveston Island Beach Patrol/Park Board Police Dept

Over this past summer season, Ocean Care Solutions, Inc. provided Chief Peter Davis and supervising staff from the Galveston Island Beach Patrol/Park Board Police Dept. (www.galvestonbeachpatrol.com) with our Stingray and Man o War Sting First Aid Kits.

Here is the e mail OCS received from Chief Davis…

We did get to use the product quite a bit, although we used saline to wash the area as opposed to vinegar, thus following the recommendations of the USLA and medical protocols set by our medical director. People really seemed to respond well to it. They liked the packaging and the way it is a self contained treatment that they could potentially carry with them “just in case”.

Hope things are good with you. We had a fairly easy season as far as stings go, but enough for all of our supervisors to be able to use the product.

Take care,
Peter

Chief Peter Davis
Galveston Island Beach Patrol/Park Board Police Dept

Since discovery in 1870, the Lion's Mane is still the largest jellyfish

Way back in 1870, a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish washed ashore in Massachusetts Bay. Jellyfish wash up all the time, but this one was special… this one has a bell that was 7’6″ in diameter and tentacles that were nearly 120 ft long! That means that the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish might just be the  longest animal alive!

The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish doesn’t always grow that large. In fact, most of the time their bell is only around a few feet wide, and those that live in the warmer waters max out around a foot and a half. Basically, the colder the water the larger they grow! The species is rarely found at latitudes lower than 42 degrees, and are nonexistent in the Southern Hemisphere.

All Lion’s Manes, regardless of size, have tentacles that are clustered into eight segments. There are at least 65 tentacles per segment, though there can be as many as 150, and these tentacles can grow over 100ft long!

If you touch the tentacle of a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, you will probably get stung.. which results in blistering, irritation, and muscle cramps. Stings are not thought to be fatal to humans.

Take along Ocean Care Solutions Jellyfish Sting Relief…safe and effective, Don’t get stung without it..!!

Blog courtesy of Lauren animaladay.blogspot.com

Atlantic sea nettle or East Coast sea nettle…

Chrysaora quinquecirrha known as the Atlantic sea nettle or East Coast sea nettle is a species of jellyfish that inhabits Atlantic estuaries, such as the Chesapeake Bay. It is smaller than the Pacific sea nettle, and has more variable coloration, but is typically pale, pinkish or yellowish, often with radiating more deeply-colored stripes on the exumbrella, especially near the margin.  Click on the link for video:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chrysaora_quinquecirrha-Sea_nettle_(jellyfish).ogg

The nettle’s sting is rated from “moderate” to “severe” and can be pernicious to smaller prey; it is not, however, potent enough to cause human death, except by allergic reaction. While the sting is not particularly harmful, it can cause moderate discomfort to any individual stung. The sting can be effectively neutralized by misting vinegar over the affected area. This keeps unfired nematocysts from firing and adding to the discomfort.

New shipment of Ocean Care Solutions’ Jellyfish sting relief solution available Nov 10th..Fast, proven effective and safe..Lidocaine Free !!

Don’t get stung without it !!

The Sea Whip coral has 8 tentacles…

The Sea Whip, or soft corals, are colonial cnidarians so named because they lack the permanent, rigid skeleton of hard corals. As octocorallians, they possess 8 tentacles and 8 complete mesentaries. Leptogorgia virgulata colonies are moderately branching into whip-like stalks with 8 tentacles that can cause discomfort. Polyps occur in multiple rows along 2 sides of each branch and the branch color is variable ranging from shades of purple, red, orange or yellow. Polyps are white.  Theses corals are found from New York and the Chesapeake Bay to Florida and Brazil.

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Use our Fire Coral kit or our new Jellyfish Sting Relief solution with 5% acetic acid designed to provide effective, safe first aid relief on a number of marine stings..


Don’t get stung without it !!

Interesting information about jellyfish..

Jellyfish first appeared about 650 million years ago and found in every sea. Some also found a lot in freshwater. Medusa (Plural Medusae) is another term for jellyfish.


Medusa is another term jellyfish that lives in Greece, Finland, Portuguese, Romanian, Hebrew, Serbian, Croatian, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Slovakia, Russia and Bulgaria.

Because the jellyfish is not a spesien of fish, sometimes there are many false assumptions about the jellyfish, the American Public Aquariums therefore has popularized the use of the term jelly sea (sea jellies) instead.

The jellyfish have the deadliest poison and has caused thousands of deaths deaths since 1954. Each tentacle has about 500,000 sindasites harpoon shaped needles that inject venom into the victim.

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Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution available now !!

Don’t get stung with out it !!

Ocean Care Solutions set to release Jellyfish Sting Relief product

Ocean Care Solutions, specializing in State of the Art Marine Life First Aid Kits, is announcing the addition of a newly formulated jellyfish sting relief solution to their signature line of marine sting products.

Ocean Care Solutions’  new Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution is the most effective product available for a wide range of jellyfish species including the Indo-Pacific Box, the Caribbean Box, the Lion’s Man, the Sea Nettle,  and the Mauve.

Lidocaine-free, it offers complete topical relief of virtually all stinging marine cells as well as swimmer’s itch. In addition it has been found to alleviate bites and stings of many other aquatic and terrestrial insects and organisms. OCS staff strongly encourages every one to seek medical attention after any marine sting while recognizing their product line as the quickest, safest, most convenient, and effective first aid for the consumer and first response medical professionals.

New Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution..available at retailers Nov.10

Don’t get stung without it !!

The Pacific coast black sea nettle….

The black sea nettle (Chrysaora achlyos), sometimes informally known as the “black jellyfish” due to its dark coloration, is a species of jellyfish that can be found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Its range is thought to be from Monterey Bay in the north, down to southern Baja, California and Mexico, though there are reports of sightings as far north as British Columbia.  It is a giant jellyfish, with its bell measuring up to 1 m (3 ft) in size, and its oral arms extending up to 6 m (20 ft) in length.  Despite its size and occasional proximity to Pacific coastal cities, the Black sea nettle was only recognized and scientifically described as a separate species in 1997, though misidentified pictures of the jellyfish had been taken in 1925.

It has the scientific distinction of being the largest invertebrate discovered in the twentieth century and carries a nasty sting.

Look for our jellyfish sting relief solution..Available in November..

Don’t get stung without it!!

 

Anatomy of a jellyfish sting..part 2

Cnidaria (formerly Coelenterata) are in the phylum of aquatic invertebrates responsible for more envenomations than any other marine phylum. Close to 9000 species of Cnidaria are known, of which approximately 100 are toxic to humans. These animals have a gastrovascular cavity with a single opening used in digestion and circulation. Another characteristic feature is the presence of stinging cells or nematocysts.

Human envenomations occur from all 4 classes in this phylum: (1) Hydrozoa (Portuguese man-of-war and fire coral), (2) Scyphozoa (true jellyfish), (3) Cubozoa (box jellyfish), and (4) Anthozoa (soft corals and sea anemones) (shown in the image below).

Cnidaria and jellyfish envenomations. Close-up pho

Cnidaria and jellyfish envenomations. Close-up photograph of a sea anemone demonstrating one of several tentacle types observed among different species. Photo courtesy of Scott A. Gallagher, MD.

OCS 5% acetic acid jellyfish sting relief solution is effective on fire coral, anenome’s, nettles, swimmer’s itch and a variety of marine stings..

Look for our convenient 1 oz and 4 oz family size bottle. Spray it on, scrape the pain away. Doctor supported and recommended 5% acetic acid solution; safe, effective and gentle to your skin. Don’t get stung without it !!

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Cnidaria Envenomation

  • Author: G Patrick Daubert, MD; Chief Editor: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM