Category: First aid blog

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What is a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)?

Spinal cord injury (SCI) often affects young and fit people and will continue to affect them to a varying degree for the rest of their lives. Spinal cord injuries often occur after high-energy traumatic...

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First Aid for Animal and Insect Bites

An animal or insect bite or sting can be dangerous. Bites or stings can cause infection, pain, shock, an allergic reaction and in some cases death. It’s important to know the basic first aid...

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A Guide to Psychological First Aid

Psychological first aid is about being “on the spot” in order to extend basic, human support, deliver practical information, and show empathy, concern, respect and confidence in the abilities of the affected person. Affected...

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The Four Steps of First Aid

First aid is the immediate medical assistance given to an ill or injured person until professional help arrives to take over. There are four basic steps to performing emergency first aid. These four first...

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What are the Three Types of Bleeding?

Severe bleeding is a life-threatening emergency situation. Major blood loss can lead to the development of shock and the collapse of the patient’s cardiovascular system. In this first aid blog post we will discuss...

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Basic First Aid Training Topics

A basic first aid course should cover essential emergency situations and prepare candidates to deliver life-saving first aid. We’ve compiled a list of the most important first aid training topics to cover in a...

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Post-Resuscitation Care in First Aid

Post-resuscitation care is becoming increasingly important as the number of successful resuscitations rise. First aiders and first responders should be aware of the steps to take following a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). There...

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Assessing Mechanism of Injury in Trauma

Mechanism of Injury should be assessed before approaching a trauma patient. In assessing the mechanism of injury the first aider / first responder must consider a number of factors and try to piece together...

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A Complete First Aid Guide to COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a general term that covers a variety of respiratory conditions which have the same underlying problem – obstruction of the small airways in the lungs. Smoking is a...

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What is Angina Pectoris?

Angina, or put more correctly angina pectoris is a medical condition caused by a temporary lack of oxygen in the heart (myocardial) tissue with an accumulation of carbon dioxide and lactic acid (both waste...

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How to Measure and Record Vital Signs

Taking a set of vital signs will help you monitor the condition of your patient and identify if their condition is improving or deteriorating. First aiders and first responders may be trained to measure...

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The Best First Aid Books in 2020

An up-to-date first aid manual is an essential purchase in 2020. Basic first aid steps can make all the difference during a medical emergency. In this first aid blog post, we’ll discuss the best...

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The 3 Best Home First Aid Kits in 2020

A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential item in every home. In this first aid blog post, we’ll look at the three best first aid kits for the home available in 2020. Your...