Category: First aid blog

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The five types of motor vehicle collision

Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) are a common situation for first aiders and first responders to encounter. The World Health Organization predicts they will become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. Globally, around 1.25 million die...

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HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Questions and Answers

Are you studying for an upcoming Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) course? Confused by the pre-course reading material?  We’ve put together some questions and answers for learners taking a Provide First Aid course. These questions...

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What is the best method for assessing a casualty?

The best method for assessing a casualty in an emergency situation is to perform a quick primary survey followed by a more thorough secondary survey. A primary survey is a quick assessment of a casualty...

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How to assess a burn or scald

Burns and scalds are common household injuries. It is important for first aiders to be able to accurately assess a burn and call for prompt medical help early if required.  One method of assessing...

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Why does a heart attack cause left arm pain?

A heart attack is a medical emergency involving a blockage to the blood supply of the heart. The heart is a muscular pump which requires a constant supply of blood (carrying Oxygen). The blood...

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What does COWS stand for in first aid?

COWS is a method of assessing a victim’s level of response when dealing with a collapsed victim.  Although a slightly unusual memory aid, it does remind first aiders of the importance of assessing the...

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What are the common causes of hypoxia?

Hypoxia occurs when there is a lack of oxygen in the blood. There are many different causes of hypoxia and it is important for first aiders and first responders to know the common causes...

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First Aid & CPR Exam Study Guide

Are you preparing for a first aid or CPR exam/test? Here’s some common exam questions and answers to help you prepare for your upcoming exam! How many beats per minute should the speed of...

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The importance of pediatric first aid

Pediatric first aid training is incredibly important. 1 in 13 children will take a hospital visit for an injury this year. Of the childhood injuries that occur: 1 in 2 occur at home or...

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What is the definition of Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening, generalised or systemic hypersensitivity reaction that it is characterised by rapidly developing life threatening airway and/or breathing and/or circulation problems, usually associated with skin or mucosal changes. When anaphylaxis...

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How to Help a Choking Baby

A choking baby is any mother or fathers worst nightmare. However, if you read this simple guide, it can prepare you for this type of emergency situation. It is important to understand when a...