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Do You Know First Aid?

[caption id="attachment_1198" align="alignleft" width="300"] Learn to manage choking victims by taking first aid and CPR training.[/caption] First aid skills are simple to learn yet only very few of us know what to do in case of an emergency. Discover how vital these simple skills are. Don’t wait until it’s too late before you decide to enroll in a first aid course. Medical emergencies happen at a time when ...

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Spinal Injuries And How To Respond To Them

The Emergency You stumble upon an individual on the ground and there is a ladder that has fallen nearby. [caption id="attachment_1176" align="alignright" width="300"] You come across a casualty that could have a spinal injury. Would you know what to do?[/caption] What To Do? Check the Scene and the Casualty As a first aider, what can you do to help this person?  The first and most important thing to do is t ...

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a type of virus that a person will have for the remainder of their lives, which can ultimately lead to AIDS. [su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68I7JlVhuhY" width="220"] Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a type of virus that unlike most viruses obtained in the body, will remain in its host victim’s body despite treatment. It is the same virus that may ...

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Taking First Aid Courses for Self-improvement

Because of the fact that taking first aid courses require time and money, many opt not to sign up for these courses unless they are required by their employers or by their current situation. What they do not realize is that these courses can also promote self-improvement due to its medical and social nature. Here are some of the ways that first aid courses can lead towards self-improvement. New skills will ...

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Taking First Aid Courses to Manage MMT

According to the Canadian Public Health Association, Methadone Maintenance Treatment or MMT is highly safe and effective for patients who have developed dependence towards opioids. It is the goal of this treatment to rehabilitate opioid abusers and eventually achieve a normal life. However, recent studies show that taking first aid courses important for individuals who are taking care of or surrounded by pe ...

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Pharmacology in First Aid Courses: Medications for the Airway

There are times where in administering medications is the only way to clear the airway of the afflicted individual especially if the airway blockage is caused by a specific medical condition. However, this does not mean that first aid rescuers have no part in the process. In occasions wherein the afflicted individual cannot take the medicine on his or her own or there are no healthcare professionals around, ...

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Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis): Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, refers to the inflammation of the skin overlying the foot from a fungal infection. The fungus proliferates in warm and moist areas of the skin. The infection begins with a rash on the skin, usually between the toes and is common in athletes due to the heat and sweat produced in their shoes. About 70% of the population may suffer from athlete’s foot at some time of ...

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First Aid for Breast Pain

Breast pain refers to any form of discomfort in the underlying tissue, skin or nipple of a woman’s breast. Mild forms of discomfort or pain may be caused by tiny benign tumors, whereas severe breast pain may be a sign for infections such as mastitis or injuries. A woman with breast pain may feel breast lumps on her breast along with nipple discharge and pain. Treatment often depends on the underlying cause ...

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Minimizing the Risk of Infection When Providing First Aid

One of the concerns people have when dealing with victims of an accident is the risk of cross-infection. First aiders - including appointed first aid personnel in the workplace - are at increased risk for cross infection while rendering first aid treatment. They may contract infectious diseases if: body substances or blood come in contact with open wounds, broken skin, eyes, mouth or nose; needle stick inju ...

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Influenza: Causes and Symptoms

Influenza refers to a viral infection that targets the upper respiratory system which includes the nose, throat and lungs. Also called the flu, it does not cause the same symptoms as stomach flu which usually gives rise to stomach upsets, vomiting and diarrhea. The complications influenza can be potentially life threatening. People who are at greater risk of incurring major symptoms and complications includ ...

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