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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries

First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
September 22, 2020

Home emergencies – how to handle a fever

It's 3am and your 2 year old, who has been restless all night, wakes up howling. Her skin feels as though it’s burning up, so you grab your thermometer, and her temperature is 39 degrees. What do you do?
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
May 3, 2019

When should you call a doctor about a nosebleed?

Having blood drip from your nose can be terrifying! Nosebleeds aren’t usually a sign of anything serious and can often be treated at home. There are some times though when you may need to see your doctor.
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
March 7, 2018

Burnt yourself? Here’s what NOT to do

You spilled hot oil all over your leg, or had a nasty run-in with a kettle of boiling water. First, grade the burn: A first-degree burn is the mildest form, and the skin may appear red with slight swelling. It may look like a sunburn. Usually painful, a second-degree burn damages the top layer of the skin resulting in swelling and blisters. A third-degree burn is the most serious type. The skin is seriously injured, is white and clearly charred. What not to do First, never rub butter on a burn! This is an old wives’ tale, something you may…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
February 20, 2018

5 common gym injuries and how to prevent them

Before you hit the gym or lace up your sneakers for a run, be prepared. These activites may seem harmless enough, but if you’re not thoughtful, you could end up with some nasty injuries! Ankle sprain You may think that an ankle sprain is only possible when running outdoors, but jogging on a treadmill could also lead to an injury. It’s easy to hurt your ankle on the treadmill because you might lose focus while jogging and could accidentally step half on and half off the moving machine. Don’t jump off the treadmill too quickly either! You could roll your…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
January 8, 2018

The bite that is more dangerous than a dog bite

Well, its not Zombies... but pretty close! It’s actually the human bite. It may seem relatively harmless to get bitten by your 2-year old niece, but you could in fact, end up with severe infections. When a human bites you, there’s a higher risk of infection than with a dog bite. Strange, but true. Consider that the bacteria transferred by a human bite contains up to 100 million organisms per millilitre! No surprise then that human bites are dangerous. Human bite wounds A bite could range from mild to moderate, to severe. Bites from children are often not very deep…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
November 9, 2017

Save a life this summer with these first aid tips

The holidays make for fun times, but all that merriment, alcohol and lowered inhibitions can lead to scary situations. This may not give you a qualification as a paramedic, but these tips can help you be a little more prepared for an emergency. If someone’s having a convulsion Lay the person on the ground, away from dangerous objects. Don't try to restrain them. Loosen their clothing if necessary. Never place anything in their mouth! When it’s over, keep them on their side with their head down to allow easy breathing and prevent choking. If someone’s having an asthma attack An…
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