First-Aid for Sunburns

First-Aid for Sunburns

  Sunburns are caused by extensive exposure of the skin to sunlight or tanning lights. A person can get a sunburn on a sunny or a cloudy day and it’s even possible to get burnt when it’s snowing. It can be an extremely painful condition that can range from mild to severe. Most cases aren’t serious enough to warrant medical aid but there are some severe cases where the burn is bad enough that common home remedies won’t help and the person must visit a physician.     Symptoms of Sunburn The three symptoms...

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What’s the Difference between Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion?

What’s the Difference between Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion?

    At this time of the year it’s important to learn the distinguishing features of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Although many of the symptoms can be the same, heatstroke is much worse than heat exhaustion and warrants an immediate 911 call. In many cases, heat exhaustion can simply be managed at home.     Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion can set in over time or can start suddenly. If you have been playing or working in the heat and perspiring heavily or have become dehydrated, heat exhaustion may come into play....

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Learn How to Identify the Different Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Women and Men

Learn How to Identify the Different Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Women and Men

  Cardiovascular disease is a leading killer in Canada for both women and men. In many cases the signs and symptoms of a heart attack may be difficult to read – especially in women. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms in both genders quickly so that the condition can be identified and medical attention can be sought immediately.       Heart Attack Symptoms in Men The most common symptoms of a heart attack in men include: Discomfort or pain in the chest, arms, back or neck Nausea and/or a...

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When and How to Move an Injured Person

When and How to Move an Injured Person

In most cases, you shouldn’t move a person that has been injured away from the scene of the accident while waiting for medical personnel to arrive. If the victim is in danger or if the overall situation looks risky and you know that you’ll be able to move the person without harming yourself, it may be necessary to get the person out of harm’s way. The victim should be moved to the closest location that could be considered safe and you should ask them to cooperate if they are still conscious. How to Move an Injured Person Do...

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How to Treat Blisters

How to Treat Blisters

A blister is a bump that is filled with fluid that looks like a bubble. They are commonly formed due to repeated rubbing of the skin against a surface but they can also form when the skin is exposed to heat for an extended period of time. When the skin becomes damaged it starts to leak fluid which forms below the skin’s top layer. In most cases a blister will heal on its own without any medical intervention. If you leave the blister alone it will begin the healing process and will decrease in size naturally. In order to stop the...

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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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