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First Aid: Allergic Reactions

Allergies are becoming more and more common, whether it’s to bee stings, nuts, gluten, or pollen. Most of them are mild and can be treated very simply. Others, however, can seem mild at first but then become severe within minutes. Those with severe allergic reactions will often […]

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Dealing with Poison Emergencies

Anything that someone can swallow, breathe in, or get in their eyes or on their skin that can cause illness or death is classified as a poison. This blog post will talk about what to do in general when you encounter the victim of poisoning. As always, […]

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First Aid: Helping a Choking Infant, Pt. 2

In our previous blog post, we discussed what to do when an infant is choking. To review, if the blockage is┬ásevere: 1) Holding the infant face down on your forearm, while being sure to support the infant’s head and jaw with your hand. 2) Using the heel […]

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First Aid: Helping a Choking Infant, Pt. 1

Choking occurs when food or another object gets stuck in the airway or throat, which prevents the person from breathing and getting air to their lungs. With older children and adults, they are often able to signal that they are choking, making it easier for someone to […]

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First Aid: Seizures

Last week we covered what to do if you ever encounter someone suffering from a stroke, and we’re going to continue talking about the brain, and what to do when things go wrong. A seizure is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. You may have heard of […]

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Strokes: The Basics

We’ve talked about heart attacks before, but what happens when there is a blockage in the vessels of the brain? It’s called a stroke. If there is bleeding or a blockage in the brain, that means the brain cannot receive oxygen, which it needs in order to […]

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Heart Attacks: How To Recognize One

Did you know that heart disease is the single biggest cause of death in the US? That is reason enough to learn how to recognize and provide First Aid to someone who is having a heart attack. The first minutes of a heart attack are the most […]

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Helping a Choking Child: Severe Blockage

What would you do if you came across a child who was choking? Do you know what to do? Well, don’t worry, because that’s what our blog post is about this week! If a child is severely choking, he or she might: 1) make the “choking” sign […]

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What is “normal” breathing?

As we have discussed before, one of the first steps you should perform in an emergency situation is to check the potential victim for responsiveness. But what exactly is “responsiveness”? Here are a few examples of what is NOT “responsiveness”. 1) Tap the person and shout, “Are […]

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How to Use an AED

An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is a machine that supplies shocks to the heart. If you are ever in a situation where you have access to an AED, be sure to use it as quickly as possible. So let’s say that you and a friend (who […]

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