Category: First aid blog

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First aid for Influenza (the flu)

Commonly known as “the flu,” influenza is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract. A typical influenza infection causes fever, respiratory symptoms, such as cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat, headache,...

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How and When to Call 911

911 is the universal emergency number in North America. Dialing 911 will connect you to the local emergency services (police, fire, ambulance, mountain rescue etc.). It is important to understand when to dial 911,...

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The best baby first aid kits 2018

Every parent should know basic first aid skills. A baby first aid kit is a must-have item for both new and seasoned parents. Bumps and scrapes are a normal part of growing up so...

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What are the warning signs of a stroke?

Stroke takes over 150,000 lives each year in the United States; it is outranked only by cancer and heart disease. Recognizing the warning signs of a stroke early is critical to survival. Immediate medical treatment...

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We’ve teamed up with American Health Care Academy to offer 15% off their online CPR certification!  American Health Care Academy CPR and First Aid classes follow guidelines set by ECC 2005 standards and curriculum. These guidelines...

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How to Insert an Oropharyngeal (Guedel) Airway

Advanced first aiders and first responders may be trained in the use of Oropharyngeal (OP) airways. These devices are sometimes called Guedel airways. An OP may be required to achieve or maintain an open...

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How to stop nosebleeds on Coumadin (Warfarin)

Nosebleeds are very common. Most people will experience a nosebleed at some point in their lives. Nosebleeds should stop and not cause significant problems, however in patients taking blood thinning medications (such as Coumadin)...

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How to stop bleeding when taking Coumadin

Coumadin (Warfarin) is an anticoagulant medication. This means Coumadin ‘thins the blood’ and reduces the risk of blood clots forming. Coumadin is often used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with Atrial...

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Medical Gases Training: Entonox

Entonox is a mix of 50% Nitrous oxide (N2O) and 50% oxygen (O2) and is a pain relieving gas (analgesic). When Entonox is inhaled, the onset of pain relief occurs after approximately 3 –...

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How to perform mouth to pocket mask ventilation

A pocket mask can be used when performing CPR. Pocket masks are widely used and commonly available. They have a unidirectional valve, directing patient’s expired air away from rescuee. Most masks are transparent, allowing...

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Medical Gases Training: Oxygen

Medical gases include Oxygen and Entonox (a mix of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen). In this post, we’ll take a look at the use of Oxygen by first aiders and first responders. Indications for Oxygen...

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What is the Heimlich maneuver?

Choking is a common cause of accidental death and first aiders should be aware of the basic management of choking. First aiders should initiate care in cases of severe choking when a person is unable...