total ankle replacement

Total ankle replacement operation

Total Ankle Replacement operations were covered in one of our editions of The First Aid Show. In this edition, we continued on from a couple of other videos we have covered on the First Aid Show, where we have talked about some operations actually I have had. This video is on the total ankle replacement. […]

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Basic airway management

Basic airway management

Basic airway management is a vital skill and consists of maintaining a clear and healthy airway. Should the airway become blocked, a patient’s life will cease after roughly eight minutes. Therefore it is one of the most essential parts of any assessment. The airway The airway is one of the main parts of the respiratory […]

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Amputated limbs

Amputated limbs

Amputated limbs are something that you do not come across very often, especially in day-to-day life. It is most common in machinery accidents and in traumatic car crashes. However it is something that you may come across, so you should know how we deal with amputated body parts. The first thing to understand is that […]

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Peak Flow

Peak Flow

Peak flow meters are an important tool in your kit bag to measure the volume and effectiveness of somebody’s lung capacity and the way they are breathing. It is most commonly used with patients with specific lung conditions such as bronchitis or emphysema. People who have COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also use it. COPD […]

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Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy patients are people who have had problems with their airway in the past, meaning a tracheostomy has had to be put in place. This could be due to things like cancer, trauma, or being in intensive care for a long period of time where the patient had to have assistance with their breathing. The […]

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Stable Angina

Stable Angina

Coronary Heart Disease Stable angina is a very common problem in the UK due to coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD can be caused by many different factors including diet, fitness, genetics and other lifestyle factors. Your heart is a muscle, and like all muscles in the body, it needs oxygen to function properly. Therefore, a […]

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Coagulopathy

Coagulopathy is a condition in which the blood’s ability to coagulate – clot – is impaired. This would mean that if someone had a serious bleed, the bodies’ ability to form clots and stop the bleeding would be reduced. This condition can cause prolonged or excessive bleeding, which occurs typically during any sort of medical […]

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Trauma from Choking

During an emergency situation, the timely resolution of the most life-threatening cause is paramount and choking is certainly one of those instances. Hence, the damage caused by the use of aggressive and forceful compressions, thrusts, and back blows warrant the collateral damage from these interventions. Any injuries sustained are irrelevant if the person is dead. […]

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The Healing Process to Bleeding

Bleeding can occur through many different means, such as an RTC or knife crime. As a First Aider, you should always try and stop the bleeding as fast as possible, especially when the bleeding is classed as a catastrophic bleed. When bleeding, the body starts to repair injuries within the first 24 hours but the […]

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Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

The Hepatitis C virus, or HCV, reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and, in more extreme cases, cirrhosis and liver cancer. There are six main strains of the virus. In the UK, genotype 1 and genotype 3 are the most common strains. The exact number of people infected with the virus is unknown due to […]

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