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What is a cardiac arrhythmia?

In this post, we’re going to look at cardiac arrhythmias. What exactly is an arrhythmia? The normal heartbeat is initiated at the sinoatrial (SA) node. An irregular heartbeat is known as an arrhythmia including...

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What is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)?

Approximately 4.6 million people in the US are affected by congestive heart failure (CHF). First aiders and first responders may encounter a patient with CHF. In this blog post we’ll look at CHF in...

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Airway obstruction in Children and Infants

Airway obstruction occurs when children are unable to breathe normally because food or other objects block their internal airways (choking); materials cover or block their external airways (suffocation); or items become wrapped around their...

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How to treat a Box Jellyfish sting

Both the Box Jellyfish and the Portuguese Man-of-War have long tentacles with stinging nematocysts, that deliver a powerful, painful sting, sometimes causing scarring, and in some very rare cases, cardiac arrest. Most beaches will...

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The top hiking first aid kits in 2018

Having a simple first aid kit is vital for hikers and backpackers. A good hiking first aid kit will contain essential items to treat common minor injuries and ailments, whilst being lightweight and waterproof....

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The best first aid coffee mug

This first aid coffee mug is a great present for all first aid enthusiasts!  Here in the office we’ve been searching for a high quality first aid mug. This one is the best we’ve...

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First aid for Influenza (the flu)

Commonly known as “the flu,” influenza is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract. A typical influenza infection causes fever, respiratory symptoms, such as cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat, headache,...

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How and When to Call 911

911 is the universal emergency number in North America. Dialing 911 will connect you to the local emergency services (police, fire, ambulance, mountain rescue etc.). It is important to understand when to dial 911,...

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The best baby first aid kits 2018

Every parent should know basic first aid skills. A baby first aid kit is a must-have item for both new and seasoned parents. Bumps and scrapes are a normal part of growing up so...

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What are the warning signs of a stroke?

Stroke takes over 150,000 lives each year in the United States; it is outranked only by cancer and heart disease. Recognizing the warning signs of a stroke early is critical to survival. Immediate medical treatment...

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American Health Care Academy coupon – save 15%

We’ve teamed up with American Health Care Academy to offer 15% off their online CPR certification!  American Health Care Academy CPR and First Aid classes follow guidelines set by ECC 2005 standards and curriculum. These guidelines...

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How to Insert an Oropharyngeal (Guedel) Airway

Advanced first aiders and first responders may be trained in the use of Oropharyngeal (OP) airways. These devices are sometimes called Guedel airways. An OP may be required to achieve or maintain an open...