Category: First aid blog

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First Aid Guide to Leukemia & Myeloma

Leukemias are cancers that affect the bone marrow, where blood cells are made. They occur when abnormal white blood cells multiply rapidly and spill into the blood stream. Left untreated, these leukemia cells crowd...

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How to Save Someone Who’s Drowning

Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death worldwide. Everyone should know how to help a drowning victim. So what should you do if you encounter someone that’s drowning? Firstly, look after...

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Resuscitation of the Drowning Victim

Approximately 7,000 people drown annually, making drowning the third-leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Drowning is an important topic for first aiders and first responders to know about. Freshwater drownings are...

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Why is Carbon Monoxide so Dangerous?

Carbon Monoxide is a deadly, odorless, gas. In this first aid blog post, we will look closer at carbon monoxide and why it is regarded as the ‘silent killer’. Carbon monoxide is a by-product...

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First Aid for Electrical Injuries

In cases of electrical burns, damage is caused by electricity entering the body and traveling through the tissues. Injury results from the effects of the electricity on the function of the body organs and...

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Classification of Burn Injury Depth

Burns are characterized, based on the depth of tissue damage and skin response, as superficial (first degree), partial thickness (second degree), or full-thickness (third-degree). Superficial burns result in only minor tissue damage to the...

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What are the different types of splint?

The objective of splinting is to prevent motion in broken bone ends. Splinting is an effective first aid treatment for fractures. The nerves that cause the most pain in a fractured extremity lie in...

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What is Neurogenic Shock?

Injury to the cervical or thoracic spinal cord can produce neurogenic shock. Neurogenic shock results from the malfunction of the autonomic nervous system in regulating blood vessel tone and cardiac output. Classically, neurogenic shock...

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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...