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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

Are Jellyfish Stings Dangerous?

The effects of jellyfish stings can range from mild pain and stinging, to skin irritations and blisters, to respiratory problems, cardiac arrest, and death. The toxicity of a jellyfish sting depends upon the species of jellyfish and the reaction of a person’s body to the jellyfish venom.

The most toxic type of jellyfish is the Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri and Caruka barnesi) found in Australia and some regions of the Indo-Pacific. The venom of the Box Jellyfish has been known to kill a person in five minutes.

Box Jellyfish

Irukandji…no larger than your thumb nail but extremely venomous…

People react differently to jellyfish stings. Consider a jellyfish sting as a “dose” of poison. The smaller the person, the greater the effect of a jellyfish sting will be. Just as some people are highly allergic to bees and may go into anaphylactic shock from a single sting, other people may be unusually sensitive to jellyfish venom and may have a similar severe reaction.

OCS Jellyfish Sting Relief is very effective on the Box jelly..Our specially formulated 5 % acetic acid (stronger than household vinegar) has proven effective on the Box and a wide variety of jellies and marine stingers but we have not, nor ever plan to test our product on the Irukanji.  Just too dangerous even though we are told by The Marine Sting Institute, Queensland, through their own experience; 5% acetic acid application can relive the pain of the Irukandji but NOT the syndrome..Best to stay away from thse animals all together.

Take it along with you..it works !!!

Text courtesy of Natalie Gibb..About.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 !!

Fire Urchin bulb-tipped venomous spines…


A large urchin with flattened, flexible test (the plates are articulated rather than fused) reveals the bulb-tipped venomous spines, capable of inflicting intensely painful wounds on the unwary diver. 

Very mobile, short spines, arranged in rectangular areas, separated by spineless areas. Spines have a blue swelling close to the tip, filled with venom. 10 inchies in size.
Living in bay, lagoon, external reef; on sandy or rubble bottoms, the flexible test allows this animal to change the shape to enter very narrow crevices. The swollen shape of the spines and the flexible test are unique features. The Red Sea species, once considered A. varium, has been recently re-named Asthenosoma marisrubri.  A. varium sting can be very painful, a strong local pain due to venom injection can last for hours.

 

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Man of War closer to British waters as global warming causes biggest shift of marine life in two million years

Moving closer: The highly venomous Portuguese Man o' War jellyfish is increasingly being found in UK waters

The global warming of sea waters is causing the biggest movement of marine species in two million years, according to a huge new international study by 17 different science institutes

Among the changes recorded by scientists contributing to Project Clamer is the fact that huge blooms of a venomous warm-water species of jellyfish are massing in the North Atlantic.

The Pelagia noctiluca ‘dominates in many areas and outbreaks have become an annual event, forcing the closing of beaches,’ says the report.

‘This form of jellyfish is a gluttonous predator of juvenile fish, so researchers consider its spread a harmful trend.’

However, there was further bad news as the report also warned that the highly-venomous Portuguese Man O’War is also moving closer.

Physalia physalis, a jellyfish-like creature usually found in subtropical waters, is more regularly being discovered in northern Atlantic waters.

The research is to be published this year by Project Clamer, a major collaboration between 17 institutes on climate change and the oceans.

Among the other discoveries in worldwide waters, it was noted that aa 43-foot gray whale was spotted off the Israeli town of Herzliya last year.

Scientists came to a startling conclusion that it must have wandered across the normally icebound route above Canada, where warm weather had briefly opened a clear channel three years earlier.

On a microscopic level, scientists also have found plankton in the North Atlantic where it had not existed for at least 800,000 years.

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Aquarium opens new invasive jellyfish exhibit

KURE BEACH | The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher has opened a new exhibit in the Exotic Aquatics Gallery. Staffers have added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata) to the collection. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals.

White-spotted jellyfish appear blue-gray with white spots atop their prominent bell. Although native to Australia, this particular species has become invasive in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Fear coast.

They usually grow to between 17 and 19 inches in diameter, although the largest white-spotted jellyfish on record, found on Sunset Beach in 2007, measured 28 inches.

The Exotic Aquatics Gallery features nonnative marine species.

This exhibit emphasizes the importance of well-balanced ecosystems. Invasive species can easily disrupt that balance by cutting off resources to other species, changing the chemical makeup of the water, and ultimately causing a shift in the entire food web. This affects every aspect of the way humans enjoy the ocean, from seafood cultivation to a simple day at the beach.

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is on U.S. 421 just south of Kure Beach. It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $8 adults; $7 seniors 62 and up; $6 for ages 3-12 and free for kids under 2; registered groups of N.C. schoolchildren, and NC Aquarium Society members.

For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com.

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Blue Jellyfish..Western Pacific in Japan

The Blue Jellyfish is also known as Bluefire Jellyfish, scientific name Cyanea lamarckii. It is a jellyfish species of the Cyneidae family and is likely to be known as Cyanea capillata nozakii or Cyanea nozakii among populations in Western Pacific of Japan. Blue Jellyfish also sting and have their own unique effects. It’s important to realize that almost all jellyfish sting but the degree of the sting is contingent on the species in question and how your body reacts to a sting. As such, the typical effects and symptoms of a jellyfish sting can range from a simple rash to an angry blister that requires urgent medical attention.
Blue Jellyfish sting effects include intense hurtful pain, wheals, and rash while its progressive effects include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, sweating, chills, swelling of the lymph nodes, back and abdominal pain, among others. In case you are the type of person who reacts severely on stings, the blue jellyfish sting effects might make it difficult for you to breath. It can also lead into a coma and to some very extreme cases death if the venom spreads widely into your blood.

In case a blue jelly fish stings you, you don’t have to wait for the effects to show before treating it. First off, you should rinse the affected areas using sea water. You should by all means avoid fresh water as it will only exacerbate the pain. Don’t rub the affected area, neither should you apply ice on it, instead, let it to cool off on its own. Blue jellyfish sting effects might also leave you with tentacles on, which should be removed sparingly using tweezers. Never rub them off using your bare hands. Your aim should be to put out of action the extremity since any slight movement can make the poison spread.

Severe blue jellyfish sting effects would require you to seek further medical attention.

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Mushroom cap jelly found in Chesapeake Bay..

 

In the autumn months, the Mushroom Cap jellyfish, Rhopilema verrilli, may enter the Chesapeake Bay. It has a deep swimming bell without tentacles and is creamy white with darker markings on the sturdy central tentacle structures.  Mild to no sting..

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