Author: John Furst

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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is a medical condition caused by inflammation of the meninges which are the protective coverings surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses and the contagiousness...

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How to use an Anapen adrenaline injector

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction which can be fatal within minutes. The main treatment of anaphylaxis is the drug Adrenaline (UK) / Epinephrine (US). People diagnosed with anaphylaxis often carry adrenaline in the...

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Basic First Aid Practice Test & Answers

Are you preparing for a Basic First Aid exam or written test? Here are fifteen practice first aid questions to help you revise. The answers to these practice questions are at the end of...

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How many cycles of CPR should you perform in 2 minutes?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) comprises of cycles of chest compressions and rescue breaths in a ratio of 30 chest compressions to 2 rescue breaths (30:2). One ‘cycle’ of CPR is one round of 30:2. In order to maintain effective...

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CPR & AED written exam questions

Are you preparing for an upcoming CPR or AED written exam? Here are some practice written questions to help you improve your performance. They are all multiple choice and the answers are at the...

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Is it normal to break ribs during CPR?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) involves the delivery of chest compressions and rescue breaths to victims of a cardiac arrest.  CPR works by keeping oxygenated blood flowing around the body in order to keep vital organs...

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What does ELITE stand for in manual handling?

ELITE is an acronym used to remember the different aspects of a manual handling risk assessment. So what does ELITE stand for? Environment Consider the environment where the manual handling task is taking place. Are...

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Should I buy a home defibrillator/AED?

A defibrillator is a medical device used to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are defibrillators designed to be used by members of the public with no formal medical training....

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How does an AED work?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. An AED is a device which delivers an electrical shock to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (where the heart has stopped beating).  So how does an AED work? An AED...