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What is Toe-tourniquet Syndrome?

Toe-tourniquet syndrome occurs when a strand of hair wraps around a toe causing injury. This is known as a hair tourniquet. All parents and caregivers should be aware of the risk of hair tourniquets...

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How does the heart beat by itself?

The heart requires a rhythm in which to pump the blood, this rhythm allows time for blood to fill the ventricles and for the ventricles to empty completely before filling again. In patients with...

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What is the Clavicle (Collar Bone)?

The clavicle, also called the collar bone, is an important bone which connects our upper limb to the rest of our body. The clavicle (collar bone) connects the sternum (breast bone) from the axial...

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CPR and COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Resuscitation and CPR guidelines have been changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. The international liaison committee on resuscitation (ILCOR) has published new guidance based upon a review of the...

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What is a Compound Fracture?

A compound fracture is another term for an open fracture. Compound / open fractures occur when the fracture causes a wound in the skin at or near the fracture site. As a result, the...

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Why Button Batteries Can be Lethal

A button battery (also called coin cell / disk battery) is a small battery used in small portable electronic devices, for example, watches and vehicle keys. Lithium button batteries are commonly found in our...

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What is a flail chest injury?

A flail chest is a serious injury to the thorax (chest). Severe trauma to the chest wall may cause extensive disruption, with multiple rib and sternal fractures. When a segment of chest wall loses...

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What is a Tonic-Clonic Seizure?

Tonic-clonic (convulsive) seizures, (formerly referred to as grand mal epilepsy) are what most people think of as epilepsy. There are four stages in this type of seizure. In this first aid blog post we...

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What is a Cerebrovascular Event (CVE)?

A cerebrovascular event (CVE) is another term used to refer to a stroke. Strokes are sudden and have an immediate effect on the patient. A patient may become numb, weak or have paralysis on one...

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Why the FAST test can miss a stroke

The ‘FAST’ test is a commonly used tool to remember the key signs and symptoms of a stroke (cerebrovascular event, or CVE). The FAST test is widely taught on first aid/CPR courses globally. The...

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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...