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How many cycles of CPR should you perform in 2 minutes?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) comprises of cycles of chest compressions and rescue breaths in a ratio of 30 chest compressions to 2 rescue breaths (30:2). One ‘cycle’ of CPR is one round of 30:2. In order to maintain effective...

First aid guide to Pulmonary Embolism (PE) 1

First aid guide to Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

In this blog post we discuss the first aid for Pulmonary Embolism – a blood clot in the lungs! What is a Pulmonary Embolism (PE)? Every day the pulmonary capillary bed filters tiny blood...

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What Does ACVPU Stand For?

ACVPU is a scale used to assess and track a patient’s neurological status and level of consciousness. ACVPU stands for: ACVPU has been developed from the more widely known AVPU scale. A new assessment...

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The Recovery Position – Left or Right Side?

The recovery position is used to protect an unconscious person’s airway. It involves rolling the casualty onto their side with the head tilted back – but should it be the left or right side?...

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What does SOCRATES stand for in first aid?

SOCRATES is a mnemonic which can be used by first aiders and healthcare professionals to assess pain.  Pain is a complex symptom with lots of different dimensions and characteristics. Asking about and documenting a...

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What Are The Different Types of Drowning?

Drowning is defined as a form of suffocation due to the airways of the mouth and nose becoming immersed in a liquid. If a victim doesn’t return to the surface to breathe, the body...