Author: John Furst

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Recognition and signs of Meningitis

Meningitis refers to the inflammation of the membranes (also called meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a viral, bacterial or rarely a fungal infection.  Whether meningitis is mild or life-threatening...

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What does DCAP-BTLS stand for?

When conducting physical examinations and head to toe surveys the acronym DCAP-BTLS can help in your discovery of injuries. Although not everyone likes acronyms, DCAP-BTLS is a useful way to structure your thinking when...

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What is Mechanism of Injury (MOI)?

First aiders should be aware of how to assess a mechanism of injury (MOI). Mechanism of injury describes how energy of motion is transferred to an individual resulting in injury. A classic example is...

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First aid for emergency childbirth

The safest place for the mother who is about to deliver her baby is in the maternity department (unless another location has been planned!), sometimes this is not possible and pre-hospital delivery of the...

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What is the role of a lifeguard?

A lifeguard is a professional responsible for keeping people safe in and around water. Lifeguards work in a variety of environments including swimming pools, water parks and beaches & open water. In many countries lifeguards have...

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5 Characteristics of a Professional Lifeguard

Lifeguards work all over the world keeping people safe in and around water. Being a professional lifeguard can be a challenging job and requires a high level of professionalism and training. Following on from...

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First aid for frostbite

What is frostbite? Frostbite occurs when tissues (e.g: the skin) are damaged due to freezing temperatures. It commonly affects the extremities, fingers and toes, as these are furthest from the heart and more susceptible...

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Online CPR & First aid certification

Here at firstaidforfree.com we offer free online CPR & first aid certification. Our range of free online first aid courses cover a wide variety of first aid topics including: Incident management Cardiopulmonary resuscitation The recovery...

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What does SAMPLE stand for in first aid?

The acronym SAMPLE can be used in the assessment of all patients but it is especially helpful when dealing with medical patients. SAMPLE is taught on a wide variety of first aid, EMT and...

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How to become a paramedic in the United States

A paramedic serves as an emergency response staff for medical emergencies such as automobile accidents, heart attacks, and others. In adherence to state regulations, each individual who wishes to enroll in paramedic school must...

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First aid for panic attacks and hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is a state of breathing faster or deeper than normal causing excessive expulsion of carbon dioxide within the body matched by an increasing oxygen level. There can be many causes of hyperventilation and common triggers...