Category: First aid blog

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Common Mistakes When Using an EpiPen

An EpiPen® is a life-saving device used to help patients suffering from an Anaphylactic reaction. The device contains an auto-injecting syringe of the drug Epinephrine / Adrenaline which is administered into the outer thigh....

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First Aid for Diabetic Emergencies

The two primary emergencies that can arise in diabetic patients are very high and very low blood sugar. In medical terms, high blood sugar is called hyperglycemia, low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia. In...

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First Aid for Heatstroke and Hypothermia

Heatstroke The most serious of the heat-related syndromes, heatstroke can be brought on by exercise or work in a hot environment, coupled with inadequate fluid intake. Young children, older adults, obese people, and people...

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How to Treat Food Poisoning

All foods contain small amounts of naturally occurring bacteria, however, improper cooking, handling or storage can result in the bacteria multiplying to large enough numbers to cause sickness – food poisoning. Food can also...

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What are the common triggers of an asthma attack?

Asthma is a chronic (long-term), inflammatory disease in which the lining of a person’s airways becomes swollen and inflamed, the muscles surrounding the airways constrict and mucus production increases, leading to mucus plugs. Asthma...

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What does AED stand for?

An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. An AED is a medical device used to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who are collapsed and not breathing. The AED analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if...

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First Aid Treatment for Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds, such as stepping on a nail or being stuck with a tack, don’t bleed much, and the wound often closes up quickly.  However, these wounds can be especially dangerous due to the...

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First Aid Guide to Febrile Convulsions

A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure as a result of a fever (high temperature) and is very common in babies and young children. Unfortunately, many parents and carers know relatively little about this condition...

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First Aid for Cuts and Wounds

All of us have experienced a minor cut or wound at some point in our lives. Minor cuts and scrapes usually don’t require a trip to the emergency room. However, proper first aid home treatment...

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First Aid for Animal and Human Bites

Domestic pets are responsible for most animal bites. In general, dogs are more likely to bite humans than cats. However, cat bites are more likely to become infected. The correct first aid treatment is...

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How to Call the Emergency Services

Calling for emergency assistance quickly is vital in many first aid situations. We all know how to call for help in our home country, but what about when travelling? Most countries have emergency numbers...