Category: First aid blog

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How to clean resuscitation manikins

It is important to ensure that strict standards of hygiene are observed during CPR practice. There is the potential for infection to be passed from student to student when practicing rescue breaths on resuscitation...

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What does TILE stand for in manual handling?

TILE is an acronym used to remember the components of a manual handing risk assessment. First aiders should have an awareness of manual handling principles including how to carry out a risk assessment. So what does TILE...

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A complete guide to auscultating breath sounds

Listening to breath sounds (auscultation) can provide important information about a variety of respiratory conditions. Advanced first responders may be trained in chest auscultation depending on their local protocols. In this blog post we...

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How do we breath? A guide to the respiratory system

The respiratory system is made up of the nose, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), bronchi (air passages) and alveoli.  The lungs are protected by the rib cage. Normal respiration depends on the...

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A simple guide to seizure terminology

In this first aid blog post we’ll look at some of the different terms used to describe seizures and what they mean.  Tonic – clonic seizure Tonic means stiffening.  Clonic means jerking. In these...

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The importance of AED training

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training can help save lives by showing when the use of an AED is appropriate.  You may have heard that many bystanders save the lives of cardiac arrest victims using...

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What is Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)?

In this first aid blog post we’ll look at an uncommon, but important, cause of back pain – Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a painful, progressive, rheumatic disease. It mainly affects the spine...

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First aid for finger fractures and dislocations

Fractures and dislocated fingers are common injuries, especially in contact and ball sports.  Injuries to the fingers can result in significant loss of hand function. Even the simple ‘trapped’ finger, if not diagnosed and treated...

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What is Cheyne-Stokes respiration?

In this first aid blog post we discuss a pattern of breathing known as ‘Cheyne-Stokes breathing’. Cheyne-Stokes respiration is characterised by a few seconds of apnoea (not breathing) followed by respirations that gradually increase...