How to Build a Backpacking First-Aid Kit

How to Build a Backpacking First-Aid Kit

If you like hiking and backpacking on the trails and spending some time away from civilization, you’ll need to have a first-aid kit by your side. It’s one of the essentials that should always be carried when you’re taking a hike and it’s especially important that you pack one for an overnight camping trip. The kit should include some items that would be used regularly, such as bandages and pain relievers along with other items that would be useful in a critical emergency. The size of the kit would all depend on how many...

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First-Aid for Asthma Attacks

First-Aid for Asthma Attacks

An asthma attack consists of narrowed airways that are swollen and producing extra mucus. The patient may be wheezing, feel short of breath and may be coughing. The symptoms vary from one person to the next and may also include pain or tightness in the chest. An attack can range from minor to life-threatening. How To Treat An Asthma Attack Asthma attacks should be identified and treated early to prevent the situation from worsening. If you suspect that a person is having an attack try to find out if something specific has triggered it and...

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How to Become a First Aid Training Instructor

How to Become a First Aid Training Instructor

Having the skills available to render medical help during an emergency situation is impressive but having the ability to train individuals so that they too can know what to do is phenomenal. When you are an instructor you’ll be able to touch the lives of so many people by training individuals on the techniques of first-aid. This is a possible career opportunity for you to explore or you can offer your services as an instructor as a volunteer. Either way, you’ll have the chance to experience the unique satisfaction of teaching...

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How to Handle Deep Cuts and Wounds

How to Handle Deep Cuts and Wounds

When you first come across somebody that has a fresh wound or cut, the first thing you’ll need to do is assess the injury to find out how deep it is. The best way to do this is to immediately put direct pressure on the wound with a piece of gauze or a clean cloth. While you’re applying pressure, take note of the amount of blood that is being released. If you notice that the material is becoming soaked with blood, don’t release the pressure to remove it. Instead, apply more gauze or material while continuing to apply...

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First-Aid for Common Sports Injuries

First-Aid for Common Sports Injuries

When it comes to handling sports injuries that happen on the ice, inside the dressing room or in the field, a team approach is necessary in order to be prepared for anything. The management of acute injuries should be addressed with a practiced plan in place and there should be a first aid kit available in strategic places across the sports facility. The most common sporting injuries include: Hamstring strains Ankle sprains Groin pull Shin splints Knee injuries Tennis elbow First-Aid Equipment When it comes to sports injuries, there are...

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First-Aid for Fainting

First-Aid for Fainting

First-Aid for Fainting Fainting is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain and results in a person falling to the ground with loss of responsiveness. The causes for fainting vary and may include a reaction to emotional stress, hunger, exhaustion, pain or sitting or standing still for an extended time period when hot. When a person faints the heart rate lowers but rises once again very quickly. A fainting victim usually stays unresponsive for only a couple of minutes. If the person remains unresponsive for longer than that, it’s an...

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First-Aid for a Person That Has Fallen

First-Aid for a Person That Has Fallen

It can happen to any of us at any given moment. One minute we’re standing upright on our feet and the next minute we are down and wondering what happened. While often not as serious for adults and children, seniors are more susceptible to fractures, especially in the hips, due to a fall. As a result, this can lead to a senior losing their independence while requiring constant caregiving. First-Aid for a Fall Victim If you happen to see someone fall or notice someone that has just fallen, calmly approach them and be on the alert for any...

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First-Aid for a Child’s Fever

First-Aid for a Child’s Fever

A high fever can be extremely alarming for parents or a caregiver of a child that is otherwise healthy. In most cases it isn’t anything serious and simply indicates that the body has some type of infection and is doing its job properly. However at other times, a fever can be a life-threatening situation where medical personnel needs to be contacted immediately. When to Call the Doctor A doctor should be called any time you suspect that something may be serious. Call it a gut reaction if you want, but it’s always better to be safe...

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Standard First Aid CPR/AED for Workers

Standard First Aid CPR/AED for Workers

The standard first aid course is available in levels A, C or HCP and complies with the regulations set for most of the provincial workplace regulations. These courses offer valuable knowledge and hands-on training regarding non-life-threatening and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The HCP course is available for healthcare providers and the level “C” course offers training for baby, child and adult medical situations. The level “A” course is adult only and can be offered upon request. In Ontario, the WSIB requires individuals...

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Celebrate Heart Month With Learning Good Heart Health & CPR

Celebrate Heart Month With Learning Good Heart Health & CPR

Heart Month is almost over, and one of the best things you can do to recognize this special month is to enroll in a CPR course you’ve always wanted to take! In this fast-paced world it’s easy to put things off for another day, and we hope that Heart Month can inspire you to take the next step forward and sign up for the course. Every February is Heart Month in Canada. With approximately 2.4 million adults across the country affected by heart disease, it’s a good time to reflect on our own hearts and the hearts of others. Heart...

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