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What is a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH)?

A subarachnoid hemorrhage, sometimes known as a ‘bleed on the brain’, occurs when bleeding occurs in the subarachnoid space. The subarachnoid space lies beneath a layer of one of the brain’s coverings known as...

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How to Perform a Head-tilt Chin-lift?

An unconscious patient is at risk of blocking their airway and suffocating. The main reason for this occurring is due to the tongue. An unconscious patient loses all their muscular tone, and this includes...

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What does OPQRST stand for in first aid?

OPQRST is a memory device (mnemonic ) used by first aiders and healthcare professionals to assess and understand a patient’s pain.  Many medical emergencies result in pain, but it’s not always easy for patients...

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What is the Recovery Position in First Aid?

The recovery position is used to protect the airway of an unconscious patient. If a patient is unconscious and lying on their back, there is a risk of the airway becoming blocked due to...

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Components of High Quality CPR

Effective chest compressions are the most important component of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). High quality CPR involves rescuers being aware of how to deliver effective chest compressions to a victim in order to improve the chances...

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What are the Four Chambers of the Heart?

The heart is a muscular organ responsible for pumping blood around the body. The heart has a four-chamber system to enable oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood to be kept separate from each other. The...

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What does CPR stand for in First Aid?

CPR is a medical acronym which stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.  CPR is used when a person suffers a cardiac arrest where the heart stops pumping blood around the body. A cardiac arrest is a medical emergency requiring...

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10 Reasons Why First Aid is Important in Daily Life

Why is First Aid Important? First aid refers to the initial medical attention given immediately after an injury or an accident. It’s a short-term treatment that doesn’t require special training or technology to administer....

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CPR & First Aid Certification Queensland

Join thousands of people that have been certified online with us Get CPR certified online and gain lifesaving skills that can help you respond to emergencies! Online CPR Certification in Queensland You can learn...

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What is Hypoxia? A First Aid Guide

Hypoxia occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the blood. Hypoxia is important as the brain requires a constant supply of oxygen to function normally. If a lack of oxygen exists for longer...

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How does an AED work?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. An AED is a device which delivers an electrical shock to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (where the heart has stopped beating). So how does an AED work? An AED is a...