Infant CPR

Infant CPR is very similar to adult CPR, however, there are a few key differences. “Infant” refers to anyone from birth to age one. People this age are much smaller than children and their bones are even weaker. Both of these have to be taken into consideration when carrying out CPR. As always, once identified […]

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Child CPR

Child CPR is very similar to adult CPR, however, there are a few key differences. “Child” refers to anyone aged 1 to the start of puberty. People this age are much smaller and their bones are weaker, which both have to be taken into consideration. As always, once identified that CPR is required, make sure […]

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Adult CPR

Adult CPR, or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, is vital for restarting someones heart if it stops beating. If someone is unconscious, check to see if they are breathing and if they are not, commence CPR. Arriving at the Scene As a First Aider, the first thing you should always do is check for dangers. Your safety […]

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Laryngectomies

Laryngectomies, like tracheostomies, are another airway management tool. Laryngectomies tend to be inserted when people have had cancers of the voice box and had the airway itself altered. The trachea, which normally reaches the mouth and nose, is sealed off where the voice box used to be. The only entry for air to go into […]

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Common Skeletal Injuries

The human body has 206 bones, and all of these are able to break. Any break of a bones, whether that be a tiny fracture, chip or the bone completely shattering, it is called a bone fracture. Here are some of the most common bones to become injured. Skull (Cranium) Injuries to the skull will […]

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Keeping safe at an RTC

Keeping Safe at an RTC

A road traffic collision (RTC) is potentially a very dangerous scene. We have moving traffic, fuel, passive bystanders, patients who are injured, people who are upset and angry and the remnants of the car crash itself. All of these things can present a danger to us. On Arrival at an RTC Before you even get […]

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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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AVPU scoring system

The method to use for assessing the level of a patient’s disability or mental capacity is a system called AVPU or A-V-P-U. When using this acronym properly, you can accurately assess how alert a patient is. If done early on, you can give yourself an indication of how the patient is doing at that moment, […]

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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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Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol Poisoning

Having an alcoholic drink is not usually a problem but when taken in excess it can lead to alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning may be a one-off event for the person involved, or it may be linked to a more serious case of alcoholism. Alcohols are a group of chemical compounds, most of which are liquid […]

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