First-Aid for Gunshot Wounds

First-Aid for Gunshot Wounds

Anyone that goes hunting should be aware of the different types of gunshot wounds that can occur and learn the proper first-aid measures to take. As well, although it’s disturbing to think about, we should also arm ourselves with the first-aid techniques for gunshots as citizens due to the violence that can occur on the streets. Bullets can travel throughout the body so it’s really difficult to tell where the internal injuries have taken place. For example, a bullet landing in a person’s chest can travel down to his abdomen....

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First-Aid for Chest Pain

First-Aid for Chest Pain

Chest pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Any type of chest pain, however, that lasts for 15 minutes or longer should be taken seriously. As soon as chest pain starts, a careful assessment must be made and paramedics should be called immediately if a heart attack or any type of heart problem is suspected. A heart attack takes place when a blood vessel running along the outside of the heart becomes blocked. When there is only a small blood vessel involved there is a good chance that the patient will recover after receiving proper medical...

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5 First-Aid Tips That You Need to Know Now!

5 First-Aid Tips That You Need to Know Now!

  It’s always best to try to prevent injuries as much as possible, but it’s inevitable that from time to time you’ll run into an injured person that needs your assistance. Here are 5 of the most important first-aid tips for minor injuries that you should know. Minor Burns Rinse burns with cold water before covering them with a sterile dressing. Severe burns or burns showing signs of an infection should be treated by a professional.   Sprains In most cases you’ll be able to tell that it’s a sprain and not...

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First-Aid for Fractures and Broken Bones

First-Aid for Fractures and Broken Bones

    When a bone is broken it is either cracked or has broken into several pieces. This is also commonly known as a fracture and can be caused by violent trauma, an accident or a sports injury. Thankfully, they usually aren’t considered to be a life-threatening situation but medical care is required immediately.     It’s important to learn how to recognize a broken bone so that it can be treated properly while waiting for help to arrive. Some of the symptoms of a break include the following: Severe pain that is...

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First-Aid for Electric Shock

First-Aid for Electric Shock

  An electric shock can happen anywhere at any time and when you least expect it. Whether it is due to a faulty wire or an appliance becoming wet, it’s important that you know how to deal with these types of shocks since they are much different than regular burns. The extent of the injury will all depend on the voltage, the current and how the current made its way throughout the body. The person’s general health must also be taken into account and all of these factors will determine the course of treatment.   In many...

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First-Aid Kits for Boats

First-Aid Kits for Boats

  With the summer in full swing, you may be planning on going boating while the weather is hot. If this is the case, you should make sure that you’re fully equipped with a first-aid kit for any minor or major emergencies. In some cases first-aid can save a person’s life while other times it is used to simply keep the person comfortable until help can be reached.       First-Aid Kit for Boaters Some of the essentials that should be kept in a first-aid kit for vessels include: A pack of antiseptic swabs or a...

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How to Prevent Burns from Playground Equipment

How to Prevent Burns from Playground Equipment

During the summer months many parents head to the playground during the day to give their children the chance to play. There are burn hazards involved with the playground, however, since a lot of the equipment is made of metal. When this metal is exposed to the heat of the sun, it can get extremely hot and burn a child’s little hands and legs. In the United States, there were approximately 1,200 visits made to the emergency department from 2010 up to 2015 due to burns associated with this equipment. Metal slides can be especially...

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The Most Common Illnesses and Injuries of the Summer

The Most Common Illnesses and Injuries of the Summer

    Summer is a great time to get outside to enjoy the weather but this is also the time of the year when specific illnesses and injuries are more common. People are playing sports, walking through the woods and enjoying the water, which can all lead to certain injuries and illnesses. Here are 10 of the most common ailments you’ll run across during the hot, summer months:   Drowning Water sports and diving injuries Sunburn Dehydration Heatstroke Insect bites and stings Russ dermatitis (after exposure to poison oak, sumac...

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What Is Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia?

What Is Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia?

Exercise-associated hyponatremia is a condition that is experienced after long-term physical exertion. It is mainly experienced by athletes that are competing in triathlons, marathons and other athletic events. Climbers and hikers can also fall victim to this disorder. In a sense, It can be considered to be the opposite of dehydration as it is linked to excessive intake of water. It is also more likely to present itself in athletes that are suffering from renal water handling abnormalities or hormonal irregularities. This is a...

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First-Aid for Bug Bites

First-Aid for Bug Bites

    It’s that time of year again. The bugs are out in full force and we are also spending more time outside enjoying the great weather. Insect bites are indeed a part of life but there are some that are more damaging than others. As well, a person that is allergic to a certain type of bug bite could end up facing a life or death situation if first-aid is not administered immediately.   Most insect bites only cause a mild reaction if the person doesn’t have an allergy to them. Bites from ants, wasps, bees, flies and...

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