Category: First aid blog

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When to Wash Your Hands in First Aid

Effective and frequent hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. First aiders must be aware of the proper hand hygiene protocols and when to wash their hands....

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First Aid for a Migraine Headache

A migraine is a severe headache, often associated with other symptoms including nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity (photophobia) and noise sensitivity (phonophobia). An aura may occur before the migraine headache starts. An aura is a...

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What is Toe-tourniquet Syndrome?

Toe-tourniquet syndrome occurs when a strand of hair wraps around a toe causing injury. This is known as a hair tourniquet. All parents and caregivers should be aware of the risk of hair tourniquets...

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How does the heart beat by itself?

The heart requires a rhythm in which to pump the blood, this rhythm allows time for blood to fill the ventricles and for the ventricles to empty completely before filling again. In patients with...

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What is the Clavicle (Collar Bone)?

The clavicle, also called the collar bone, is an important bone which connects our upper limb to the rest of our body. The clavicle (collar bone) connects the sternum (breast bone) from the axial...

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CPR and COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Resuscitation and CPR guidelines have been changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. The international liaison committee on resuscitation (ILCOR) has published new guidance based upon a review of the...

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What is a Compound Fracture?

A compound fracture is another term for an open fracture. Compound / open fractures occur when the fracture causes a wound in the skin at or near the fracture site. As a result, the...