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The Four Steps of Basic First Aid

CPR and basic first aid is a life-saving procedure that includes giving rescue breaths and chest compressions to causalities suffering from cardiac arrest. CPR helps provide a small quantity of oxygen and blood movement that delays brain injury until regular heart function is restored with advance life support. All medical experts must be qualified in CPR, though non-health employees should study CPR, too, ...

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When Should You Call For An Emergency Service?

Some people are scared to call for an ambulance because they are uncertain whether their medical condition or illness classifies as a medical emergency. Phoning a doctor for advice is an excellent place to begin, but doctors aren't always available and most will end up telling their patients to phone the emergency services anyway. There are particular conditions or illnesses that should not wait for a call ...

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First Aid for a Casualty Suffering from a Stroke

A relentless stroke can cause death.  A less brutal stroke can cause brain damage, which also damages certain body functions, depending on the section of the brain affected. In both heart attack and stroke, hardening of the arteries is the main cause. Over time, the arteries become narrowed and finally a clot blocks a narrowed artery A condition related to a stroke is a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). A T ...

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First Aid for Breathing Emergencies and Hypoxia

Continuous breathing is vital for life. When a person’s breathing is affected through injury or illness, their life can be in immediate danger. As a first aider, you have to be able to recognize a breathing emergency very quickly and know what first aid to give – the casualty’s life may depend on it.   Breathing Emergency – Hypoxia A breathing emergency causes a lack of oxygen in the blood. This condition, ...

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First Aid and Dealing with Shock

What is Shock? Any illness or injury can be accompanied by shock. Shock is a circulation problem where the body’s tissues do not get enough blood. If the shock gets bad enough, this can lead to unconsciousness or even death. Since there is often shock in an emergency situation, and because it can progress very quickly, always check for shock and assess whether it is bad enough to be a medical emergency. ...

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First Aid for Cardiovascular Emergencies

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Some of these deaths can be prevented if appropriate first aid is given. Even more of these deaths could be prevented if individuals adopted a healthy lifestyle that reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular and the Heart for First Aiders The heart acts as a pump. It continually circulates blood to the lungs and all ...

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