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Why is First Aid Important?

First aid is the initial emergency care provided to an injured or unwell victim before the arrival of professional medical assistance. So why is first aid so important and why should you take the...

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How do Bronchodilators work in an asthma attack?

Bronchodilators open up constricted airways by relaxing the smooth muscle that lines the airway. It does this mainly by stimulating beta-adrenergic receptors on the smooth muscle. (A drug that stimulates a receptor is called...

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What are the best CPR manikins?

If you teach first aid and CPR, you’ll need CPR manikins. As first aid instructors, we need to provide the best quality training possible for our learners. This means using realistic CPR manikins that...

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Why does inflammation occur?

Inflammation has many different causes. Everyone experiences some form of inflammation– redness, pain, and swelling in an injured or infected tissue. It is produced as a result of the body’s healing response. Inflammation follows...

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What is COPD?

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is defined as generally irreversible progressive chronic airflow obstruction. COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the US. Some 14 million patients, 20% of adults, in the...

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What is a cardiac arrhythmia?

In this post, we’re going to look at cardiac arrhythmias. What exactly is an arrhythmia? The normal heartbeat is initiated at the sinoatrial (SA) node. An irregular heartbeat is known as an arrhythmia including...

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What is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)?

Approximately 4.6 million people in the US are affected by congestive heart failure (CHF). First aiders and first responders may encounter a patient with CHF. In this blog post we’ll look at CHF in...

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Airway obstruction in Children and Infants

Airway obstruction occurs when children are unable to breathe normally because food or other objects block their internal airways (choking); materials cover or block their external airways (suffocation); or items become wrapped around their...

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How to treat a Box Jellyfish sting

Both the Box Jellyfish and the Portuguese Man-of-War have long tentacles with stinging nematocysts, that deliver a powerful, painful sting, sometimes causing scarring, and in some very rare cases, cardiac arrest. Most beaches will...