Category: First aid blog

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First aid for Kidney Stones

A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine and build up on the inner surfaces of the kidney. Normally, urine contains chemicals that prevent or inhibit the...

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Hypothyroidism – a first aid guide

What is the thyroid gland? The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland. This...

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First aid practice test questions

Here are some first aid practice questions to test your first aid knowledge! The answers to these questions are at the end of the post. Remember your local first aid practices/policies may be slightly...

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First aid management of Asthma

Asthma is a condition where there is reversible obstruction of the airways (small tubes in the lungs). Asthma can start at any age but the incidence is highest in children.  There is usually a...

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What does TWELVE FLAPS stand for?

TWELVE FLAPS is a mnemonic / acronym used to remember the assessment of a casualty’s airway and breathing. TWELVE FLAPS is often taught to paramedics and ambulance staff, but may also be taught on some...

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First aid for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the Plantar Fascia in the foot. In this blog post we discuss plantar fasciitis and some simple first aid steps which you can take. The Plantar Fascia is a...

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First aid for trigger finger

Trigger finger occurs when the tendons operating the fingers become inflamed and swollen. In this blog post we discuss trigger finger and some simple first aid steps which you can take to help with...

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First aid for Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a medical emergency which occurs when there is a lack of insulin in the body. Insulin is a hormone which is released by the pancreas which allows our cells to use sugar (glucose)...

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New CPR Guidelines 2015 released

The new 2015 CPR Guidelines have been released! CPR guidelines are produced based upon the latest scientific evidence by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Both the European Resuscitation Council and the American...

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First aid treatments for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which can affect many joints in the body. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. This causes inflammation resulting in pain, stiffness and loss of function....

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First aid treatments for Gout

Gout is an inflammatory condition affecting joints, commonly in the feet (the big toe being the most common). Attacks of gout can be incredibly painful and debilitating. Gout attacks occur when crystals of uric acid are...

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How does pulse oximetry work?

A pulse oximeter is a device used to estimate the amount of oxygen in the body.  Simply put, a pulse oximeter measures how much light haemoglobin absorbs in your blood. It does this using two different...