Medical Emergencies

First Aid Kit

It is good practice to always have a First Aid Kit available when going to the apiary. The items this should contain can be found at the bottom of this page.


If stung immediately scrape across the sting with a fingernail or hive tool. Squeezing or trying to pick it out will make it much worse. The quicker you are the less serious will be the sting. Apply antihistamine cream immediately.

Anaphylactic Shock

This is a life-threatening emergency and needs to be dealt with immediately. The signs to look out for are:

  • Skin pale, cool, and clammy
  • Rapidly developing a blotchy rash
  • Breathing shallow – gasping for air
  • Dizziness
  • Pulse weak and rapid
  • Itching or swelling in areas other than the site of the sting
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Nausea and often vomiting
  • Unconsciousness or cardiac arrest


Remove the victim away from danger of further bee stings. Do not remove their hood until well away from the bees and it is safe to do so. Also be aware that when a person is on the ground, the veil often falls against the face. Insure that the veil is not resting against the face and that the bees can’t sting through the veil.

Call  999 or 112 and give exact details of location and nature of the emergency.
It is always a good idea to have the Eircode of the Apiary to allow the emergency services to get there rapidly

  • Lay the victim down.
  • Insulate but don’t heat.
  • Offer plenty of reassurance and don’t leave them.
  • Only move them to get out of the danger area.
  • Offer nothing to drink or smoke.
  • Ithe f patient becomes unresponsive, check airway and place in recovery position.
  • Monitor breathing until paramedics arrive.
  • These reactions may be reversed by administering epinephrine (adrenaline) in the form of EpiPen or Jext.
  • Please be aware that an EpiPen contains epinephrine and should be self-administered.
  • If you are not a doctor, or a trained paramedic, you should make this clear before administering an
  • EpiPen to another person at their request.
    The injection can be administered through clothing if the risk of being stung is too great.

See video on how to use epipen by following this link.

Standard First Aid Kit – Contents

  • Conforming Bandage 7cm*2 for use as a Cover Bandage
  • Conforming Bandage 5cm*2 for use as a Cover Bandage
  • No 3 Ambulance Dressing*1 for use as a Pressure Bandage
  • No 9 Standard Dressing*1 for use as a Pressure Dressing
  • No 8 Standard Dressing*1 for use as a Pressure Dressing
  • No 7 Finger Dressing*2 for use as a Pressure Dressing
  • No 16 Eye Pad*1 for use as eye dressing
  • Plaster Pack 20*1 for small wounds cover
  • Burn Jel 60ml*1 fir use on Surface Burns
  • Burn Jel Dressing 10/10cm*1 for Burns/Scalds
  • Triangular Bandage*2 for use as Slings
  • Wound Cleaning Tissues*10 for Wound Cleaning
  • Eye Wash 20ml Pods*2 for Eye Irrigation
  • Medporex Dressing 6cm*2 for use as a wound Cover
  • Crepe Bandage 5cm*2 for use as a pressure Bandage
  • Adhesive Tape 2.5cm*1 for Retaining Tape
  • Nitrile Gloves Pair*2 for Self Protection
  • Scissors/Forceps/Safety Pins*1
  • Gauze Swabs 7.5cm/5cm  5Pk*1 for Wound Cover
  • Disposable Ice Pack*1 for Soft Tissue Injury