First Aid Articles
Bites and Stings - prevent them if you can, first aid for when you can't
Along with the warm weather, the season for picnics, hiking, dog-walking and gardening has finally arrived. However, fresh-air activities can bring less welcome brushes with nature. Encounters with insects, snakes or even wild animals are all part of enjoying the great outdoors. Preparing for the unexpected can help you keep your peace of mind.
Burns - First Aid skills make a difference
Burns are a leading cause of injury in the home. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk of being burned. Most burns in the home can be prevented. Severe burns can be life threatening. If you suspect a severe burn, get medical attention immediately.
Cuts and Scrapes - first aid for the control of bleeding
Active children and scraped knees - such a common sight. The box of bandages is never far away for parents prepared to care for the cuts, scrapes and bruises of normal childhood activities. Most injuries are minor and can be treated easily at home. Some are more serious and will require medical treatment.
First Aid for Fainting, Diabetic Emergencies, Seizures & Convulsions
Imagine that you are standing in line at the bank and the person ahead of you collapses. You don't know the person and have no idea what medical problems there might be. Is it a fainting spell or something more serious such as a diabetic emergency, a seizure or a convulsion. These conditions often appear similar but they are not treated in the same way.
Updates to Emergency Care Guidelines - Simpler Ways to Save a Life
In 2010, new guidelines on emergency lifesaving techniques were introduced. These changes focus on simplifying training, making rescue care easier to learn and do. Most are relatively minor to the way the skills are performed or taught. They mainly affect the way those trained in first aid should apply techniques. However, lifesaving strategies have also been simplified to serve anyone on hand during an emergency, with a focus on early activation of 911, prompt chest compressions and application of an AED.
Eye Injuries - Caring for the eyes in an emergency
"Be careful! You’ll poke your eye out." It seems that parents are often ridiculed for saying this, but their fears are reasonable. Sight depends on one of the most delicate and sensitive organs in the body, the eye.
First Aid for Choking - basics can save a life
Choking occurs when a blockage somewhere between the nose and mouth and the lungs (the airway) prevents air from getting into a person's lungs. The obstruction means trouble breathing or no breathing at all. The person will die if first aid is not given right away.
Household Poisonings - prevention and first aid
Unfortunately, preventable poisoning happens all too often. About 80,000 of these poisonings are reported each year in Western Canada alone with about 60 per cent involving children under five years of age. To lower this statistic, prevention is the first and most important step.
Hypothermia and Frostbite - first aid for the big chill
Hypothermia, often called exposure, kills many Canadians each year but it need not be fatal. It can be detected and corrected by first aid if it is recognized early. The normal temperature of the body’s core is 37°C (98.6°F). If this temperature drops more than two degrees Celcius, the body’s tissues cannot function properly and hypothermia begins.
Nosebleeds - How to treat a bleeding nose
You've just settled your four year-old into bed, and shortly afterward you hear "I've got a nosebleed!" To a parent, nosebleeds are often one of the great puzzles of childhood (and adulthood, too). While often startling in the amount of blood produced, most nosebleeds are minor though messy problems and easily handled with basic first aid.
Today, even Englishmen and their pets are heeding the warnings to shun the sun and seek the shade. Even more, we now know that there is no such thing as a "safe tan", at least for the majority of people and sunburn is definitely to be avoided.
Your Traveling First Aid Kit - what to take when you travel
Accidents and illness can happen anywhere. Taking first aid supplies when
you travel is one way to head off potential problems. Try to anticipate your
needs when deciding what to pack.