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First Aid Phraseology: Emergency. Do You Know How to Tell?

Fri, 30 May 2014 13:18:09 +00002014-05-30T13:18:09Z

One of the greatest ego boosts any paramedic or EMT can get is to visit a kingergarten class to show off the ambulance. These kids treat us like rockstars. Did you know if you take the gurney out of the back, you can get more than 20 five year olds in there with the teacher and room to spare?

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First Aid Phraseology: Lacerations or Incisions, Do You Know Which Makes the Cut?

Wed, 28 May 2014 23:59:03 +00002014-05-28T23:59:03Z

Jagged, ripped and torn apart, lacerations bear no art.
Incisions, though, have grace and grand design.
The lowly laceration is the work of twisted metal
But only the sharpest edge may incise the surgeon's line.

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First Aid Phraseology: Insulin Shock vs Diabetic Coma

Wed, 28 May 2014 02:51:12 +00002014-05-28T02:51:12Z

Insulin shock refers to the body's reaction to too little sugar -- hypoglycemia -- often caused by too much insulin. Diabetic coma refers to a victim of high blood sugar -- hyperglycemia -- who becomes confused or unconscious.

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First Aid Phraseology: Choking vs Strangulation

Tue, 27 May 2014 23:40:00 +00002014-05-27T23:40:00Z

Have you ever choked on a piece of steak? Has a cow ever wrapped its hooves around your neck and tried to strangulate you?

Choking is what happens when something solid gets stuck in your trachea (windpipe). It comes from the inside. You can't move air because there's a cork in the tube.

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First Aid Phraseology: Cells, Tissues and Organs

Mon, 26 May 2014 21:38:36 +00002014-05-26T21:38:36Z

When we talk about injuries and illnesses, we often refer to cells, tissues and organs. Cells are the smallest complete units of life, and the human body has trillions of cells -- way too many for me to count.

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First Aid Phraseology: Trachea, Windpipe or Airway?

Fri, 23 May 2014 23:40:57 +00002014-05-23T23:40:57Z

The ABC's of first aid used to be:

  • A for Airway
  • B for Breathing
  • C for Circulation

It was the gold standard of all first aid assessments. Heck, it was the gold standard of all medical assessments, period.

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First Aid Phraseology: Heat Illness, Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Wed, 21 May 2014 19:58:34 +00002014-05-21T19:58:34Z

Heat illness is a catch-all term referring to several different conditions that stem from getting too hot.

There are three common heat illnesses:

  • Heat Cramps. Heat cramps are muscle spasms triggered by not having balanced electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes are mineral salts found in healthy foods. If it ends in "-ium" it's probably an electolyte; sodium, calcium and potassium are the most common. Muscles use potassium and calcium to contract, and use sodium to relax. Nerve cells work in a similar way. Calcium and potassium must remain in balance for the muscles to work correctly. Otherwise, they can cramp or become weak.
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Teach Kids CPR - They Might Save Your Life

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:11:55 +00002014-04-29T08:11:55Z

Kids can learn CPR. They might not be big enough to do the skills well, but they can certainly learn the steps.

Researchers in Austria tested kids aged 9 to 18 years on their ability to retain CPR skills. What they published back in 2009 is that kids can certainly remember the steps to CPR. In fact, they remembered the steps as good as or better than adults do.

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First Aid Phraseology: Consent

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:00:11 +00002014-04-28T05:00:11Z

Believe it or not, just because a person has sustained a life-threatening injury doesn't mean he wants your help. In fact, if you try to treat a person without permission, it is technically an assault on his person.

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Twister Trouble

Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:38:35 +00002014-04-27T20:38:35Z

Several tornadoes have touched down across the country today, reportedly killing at least two people.

(image) If you live in an area prone to twisters, you should know what to do if one touches down near you. Some of the most important tips:

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