Cervical Collars

Cervical collars are specifically designed to immobilise the part of the spine in someone’s neck. These will be used when a patient has a suspected spinal injury. After things such as car crashes, most people involved may be fitted with cervical collars. You need to fit one onto a casualty with the greatest care. This […]

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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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Blast Injuries

Blast Injuries

Blast injuries are much more common than you may think. They can come from many different places – not just bomb explosions. They can also arise from house fires, in-cylinder fires or basically when anything explodes. When assessing how bad an explosion has been, there are a few factors that need to be considered: how […]

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Joint examination

Joint examination

Joint examination is the basic examination of any joint. No matter what joint you are looking at, the same process should follow. All joints will move in a set parameter, so they will have their normal, natural movement. In your joint examination, you will be looking for any signs of unnatural movement or pain. Identifying […]

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Pelvic injuries

Pelvic Injuries most commonly occur when the pelvis undergoes trauma. The pelvis is the large bone which sits at the base of the spine and is the site of the ball-and-socket joints of both legs. Common causes of pelvic injury include car crashes and falls from great heights. In car crashes, people tend to hit […]

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Adult fractures

Someone can fracture a bone by falling, being hit, having a joint pulled or twisted, crushing, or a bone is bent. Any break in a bone is called a fracture. It is often that hospital treatment is the only place where fractures can be confirmed – with the use of X-Rays. Someone who has fractured […]

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Spinal Recovery Position

Spinal Recovery Position

The spinal recovery position is a variant of the normal recovery position. This should be used if you suspect the patient has injured their spine. With the normal recovery position, the persons’ spine is liable to be moved about quite a lot. If a person has injured their spine, moving them could cause further damage. […]

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Tourniquets

Tourniquets can only be used on arms or legs. With other parts of the body, you would have to use direct pressure and haemostatic dressings. Tourniquets control excessive bleeding that you cannot control with direct pressure and pressure dressings. These types of bleeds are classified as catastrophic bleeds. They include amputations, stab wounds, gunshot wounds, […]

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Improvised tourniquet

Improvised Tourniquets

If you do not have a commercial tourniquet, you can create improvised tourniquets using something flexible such as a triangular bandage, a scarf or a necktie. However, you should not use a thin flexible material such as a shoelace, string or a wire. If you were to use something like this, you may end up […]

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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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