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What is Cardiac Tamponade?

Cardiac tamponade (or “pericardial tamponade”) occurs when blood fills the ‘potential’ space between the heart and the pericardium, squeezing the heart and preventing the heart from filling with blood. The pericardium is a tough...

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How to Make Slings for Arm Injuries

Slings can be used to immobilize a variety of upper limb and arm injuries. Generally, the most effective sling is made with a triangular bandage. Most first aid kits will contain triangular bandages. Although...

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Primary vs Secondary Brain Injuries

Head injuries are either open or closed. depending on whether the object responsible for the injury compromised the skull and exposed the brain. Brain injury can also be divided into two components, primary and...

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What are the Warning Signs of Hypoglycemia?

Diabetes is a condition which is caused by an imbalance of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Diabetic emergencies can appear in two forms hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (hyperglycemia). What is Hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia...

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First Aid for a Suspected Stroke (Brain Attack)

A stroke is a brain attack which occurs when brain cells become starved oxygen due to an interruption in blood supplying the brain. A stroke, like a heart attack, requires urgent time-critical medical attention....

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What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the unexpected collapse of a patient whose heart has stopped pumping due to an electrical malfunction of the heart. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not a heart attack, although a...

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How to Recognize a Fracture (Broken Bone)

There are around 206 bones in the adult human skeleton. Bones are also integral to the body’s strength. Some bones have a protective function (skull), some a supporting function (pelvis), while others are for...

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First Aid for Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are common soft tissue injuries. Most of us will experience a strain or a sprain at some point. In this first aid blog post we’ll take a closer look at the...

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What does AMEGA stand for in first aid?

AMEGA is a first aid acronym used to help remember the key steps when dealing with an incident or emergency situation. First aiders and first responders may be the first to arrive at the...

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What does SCALD stand for in first aid?

SCALD is an acronym used to recall the important steps when assessing the severity of a burn injury. Burns are common accidental injuries in the home. Effective first aid is vital to stop the...