Category: First aid blog

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What is First Aid?

First aid is the immediate, basic, medical assistance given to an injured or suddenly ill person. It provides a stop-gap until the victim can receive professional medical care. Anyone can give first aid to...

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How to Tell if a Cut is Infected

While the skin is normally a flexible and resilient barrier to the outside world, wounds that break the skin are all at risk of becoming infected. Harmful germs (bacteria) can prevent healing, increase your...

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Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is sometimes called the “invisible killer”,  and here’s a good reason for this. Carbon Monoxide is a deadly gas produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels (for example, coal or...

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Top 4 Mistakes When Giving Rescue Breaths

Giving rescue breaths is an important component of conventional CPR. Although some guidelines now promote ‘Hands-only CPR’ (chest compressions only), rescue breaths remain taught as part of conventional CPR. There is increasing evidence of...

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How Does the Recovery Position Work?

If you’ve ever been on a first aid/CPR training course, it’s likely you’ve heard about the ‘recovery position’. The recovery position is used when someone is unconscious, but breathing normally. But, how exactly does...

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The 3 Most Common AED Myths

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a medical device used to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs work by delivering an electrical shock to the heart if indicated. This clears excessive electrical activity...

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The Top 3 Most Dangerous First Aid Myths

First aid can be lifesaving. Knowing the correct first aid treatment can make all the difference before the arrival of professional medical help. Unfortunately, there are several first aid myths still circulating that could...

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What Happens During a Faint?

Many of us will have fainted, or seen someone faint before. But what exactly goes on during a fainting episode? We’ll take a closer look at fainting, and the correct first aid treatment in...

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How to Help Someone Having a Tonic-Clonic Seizure

There are many different forms of seizure that can occur. A tonic-clonic seizure occurs when the person first becomes very rigid (tonic) and then has rhythmical muscular contractions (clonic). The person is not usually...

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What is Croup in Children and Babies?

Croup refers to the inflammation and narrowing of the upper parts of the air passages that lead into the lungs, interfering with breathing. Younger children are at greater risk because their airways are small...

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Middle Ear Infections in Children

Earaches are very common in early childhood. By age three, two-thirds of children have had an ear infection, and half of this group get them repeatedly. In infants and preschoolers, the middle ear, which...