Sprain: First aid

Image Credit: rd.com  Your ligaments are tough, elastic-like bands that connect bone to bone and hold your joints in place. A sprain is an injury to a ligament caused by tearing of the fibers of the ligament. The ligament can have a partial tear, or it can be completely torn apart. Ankle sprains are the […]

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): First aid

Image Credit: Mayoclinic.org Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions. It’s far better to do something […]

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Heart Attack and Automated external defibrillation

Have you seen your near or dear one died with some sort of sudden unexplained, life-threatening disease? Do you know there are millions of people of all- ages and fitness level die due to sudden heart attack (SCA) at any time, anywhere? When a person collapses in SCA, every minute counts. A patient in SCA […]

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5 Reasons Why Basic First Aid Knowledge is Essential

Image Credit: EmergencyFirstResponse.com. There are numerous reasons why people don’t take First Aid training programs; They are too busy They don’t know where to go They think that they already have enough knowledge, or They think that accidents happen to other people not to them or their friends, family and colleagues. Ask any individual who […]

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Hands-Only CPR for Adults

Image Credit: news-nedical.net CALL 911 IF A PERSON: Collapses Becomes unresponsive 1. Check Responsiveness Tap the person’s shoulder and shout, “Are you OK?” Look for normal breathing. Call 911 if there is no response. Start Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR should not be used for adults whose cardiac arrest is due to drug overdose, near-drowning, or […]

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Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has chosen “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate” as this year’s focus for Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to a downloadable fact sheet provided on their website, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) may be more prevalent than you think: 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a […]

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AFTER THE EMERGENCY—HELPING RESCUERS AND WITNESSES COPE

After the Emergency—Helping Rescuers and Witnesses Cope

The main focus of emergency care is, of course, what to do in a medical emergency. But what happens for that brave Good Samaritan after the event? Or how about for those bystanders who witness the drama of a rescue effort, especially for those all-too-frequent efforts that ultimately don’t succeed? It’s certainly stressful stuff. Just […]

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LESSONS OF STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN CLASS

Lessons of Student Behavior in Class

While researching this post, I happened upon some great information from the California Nurses Association that provides insightful suggestions for dealing with a variety of student behaviors. Let’s take a closer look at these behaviors that undoubtedly we’ve all run into at one time or another. Each of these presents its own unique challenges that […]

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Heart Health

Heart Health

While we never tire of promoting the modern miracle of the automated external defibrillator (AED) and its use by trained bystanders, I wanted to talk a bit today about some other heart-related topics. All in honor of Heart Month, while we still have a little February left to go. Heart health — What you can […]

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WOMEN AND HEART ATTACKES

Women and Heart Attackes

It goes against the old stereotype, but it’s true: As the Mayo Clinic points out, more women than men die of heart disease each year. Here’s the challenge: heart disease symptoms for women are different than they are for men. As we wrap up this year’s heart month, let’s look today at the challenges women […]

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