Category: First aid blog

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First Aid for a Broken Leg

The bones of the leg can be broken by impact, twisting or direct blows. Knees are commonly injured in sporting accidents and falls. The femur or thighbone is the strongest bone in the body...

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First Aid for Hip and Pelvic Injuries

The most common form of hip injury is a fracture of the neck of the femur (thigh bone) within the hip joint. The pelvis itself is usually injured by an indirect force such as...

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First Aid for a Broken Arm

Fractures or dislocations of the arm are common injuries. They can affect the shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm or wrist. The upper arm bone, called the humerus, is most often broken in a fall,...

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Common Mistakes When Using an EpiPen

An EpiPen® is a life-saving device used to help patients suffering from an Anaphylactic reaction. The device contains an auto-injecting syringe of the drug Epinephrine / Adrenaline which is administered into the outer thigh....

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First Aid for Diabetic Emergencies

The two primary emergencies that can arise in diabetic patients are very high and very low blood sugar. In medical terms, high blood sugar is called hyperglycemia, low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia. In...

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First Aid for Heatstroke and Hypothermia

Heatstroke The most serious of the heat-related syndromes, heatstroke can be brought on by exercise or work in a hot environment, coupled with inadequate fluid intake. Young children, older adults, obese people, and people...

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How to Treat Food Poisoning

All foods contain small amounts of naturally occurring bacteria, however, improper cooking, handling or storage can result in the bacteria multiplying to large enough numbers to cause sickness – food poisoning. Food can also...

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What are the common triggers of an asthma attack?

Asthma is a chronic (long-term), inflammatory disease in which the lining of a person’s airways becomes swollen and inflamed, the muscles surrounding the airways constrict and mucus production increases, leading to mucus plugs. Asthma...

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What does AED stand for?

An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. An AED is a medical device used to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who are collapsed and not breathing. The AED analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if...

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First Aid Treatment for Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds, such as stepping on a nail or being stuck with a tack, don’t bleed much, and the wound often closes up quickly.  However, these wounds can be especially dangerous due to the...