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Basic First Aid Training Topics

A basic first aid course should cover essential emergency situations and prepare candidates to deliver life-saving first aid. We’ve compiled a list of the most important first aid training topics to cover in a...

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Post-Resuscitation Care in First Aid

Post-resuscitation care is becoming increasingly important as the number of successful resuscitations rise. First aiders and first responders should be aware of the steps to take following a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). There...

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Assessing Mechanism of Injury in Trauma

Mechanism of Injury should be assessed before approaching a trauma patient. In assessing the mechanism of injury the first aider / first responder must consider a number of factors and try to piece together...

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A Complete First Aid Guide to COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a general term that covers a variety of respiratory conditions which have the same underlying problem – obstruction of the small airways in the lungs. Smoking is a...

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What is Angina Pectoris?

Angina, or put more correctly angina pectoris is a medical condition caused by a temporary lack of oxygen in the heart (myocardial) tissue with an accumulation of carbon dioxide and lactic acid (both waste...

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How to Measure and Record Vital Signs

Taking a set of vital signs will help you monitor the condition of your patient and identify if their condition is improving or deteriorating. First aiders and first responders may be trained to measure...

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The Best First Aid Books in 2020

An up-to-date first aid manual is an essential purchase in 2020. Basic first aid steps can make all the difference during a medical emergency. In this first aid blog post, we’ll discuss the best...

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The 3 Best Home First Aid Kits in 2020

A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential item in every home. In this first aid blog post, we’ll look at the three best first aid kits for the home available in 2020. Your...

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How to Assess Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be a result of many conditions. In first aid, it is important is to decide when the condition is serious and time-critical. This is a difficult judgment because there are many...

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What is Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)?

Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) is an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) which causes sudden cardiac arrest. In this first aid blog post we will discuss what ventricular fibrillation is and the first aid treatment. In order...

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What is a Spontaneous Pneumothorax?

A pneumothorax occurs when air is in the chest cavity (thorax) but outside the lung. The resulting changes in pressure can cause the lung to collapse. When people talk about a “collapsed lung”, they...

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What is the Recovery Position in First Aid?

The recovery position is used to protect the airway of an unconscious patient. If a patient is unconscious and lying on their back, there is a risk of the airway becoming blocked due to...

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First Aid for Aortic Dissection

Aortic Dissection is a life-threatening medical emergency that all first aiders and first responders should consider. In this first aid blog post we will cover how to spot the warning signs of aortic dissection...

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What are the Functions of the Skeletal System?

The skeletal system of the human body is a vastly underrated structure. Without it, we would be unable to stand, move or live. But what exactly are the functions of the skeleton? In this first...