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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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