Category: First aid blog

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How to Perform Chest Compressions on a Child

CPR is made up of performing chest compressions and rescue breaths to help a victim in cardiac arrest. Chest compressions work by compressing the heart and pushing blood around the body. CPR buys vital...

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First Aid for Testicular Pain

Testicular pain and injuries are an unusual but important first aid presentation to consider. Many individuals presenting with this complaint may feel uncomfortable discussing this with a stranger or even close family member. There...

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How to Help Someone Having a Seizure (fit)

A seizure (fit) is caused by a disturbance of electrical activity in the brain. It usually results in uncontrolled movements and impaired consciousness. A seizure can be very alarming to witness, especially if it...

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First Aid for Cuts and Wounds

When treating open wounds it is important to protect both yourself and the patient from any risk of infection. The most likely source of contamination is body fluids – saliva, vomit or other secretions...

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When to Suspect a Spinal Injury

An injury to the head, neck or back may damage the bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column, the discs between them, the supporting ligaments and muscles, or the spinal cord itself. A spinal injury...

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What is Shock in First Aid?

Shock in a medical sense is quite different from emotional or psychological shock. It means that the body’s circulation has failed, and insufficient blood supply is reaching vital organs. Shock, if progressive, can be...

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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,...