Category: CPR Blog

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Special considerations when using a defibrillator

Using a defibrillator can be lifesaving for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are easy to use. There are several special circumstances to consider when using an AED. Excessive chest hair...

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First aid steps for severe bleeding

Bleeding is a common first aid situation due to scrapes, cuts, and lacerations. Bleeding should be treated as a life-threatening condition if you are unable to control the bleeding through first aid procedures, there...

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A guide to the respiratory system

The respiratory system enables oxygen to enter the bloodstream and waste products (eg Carbon Dioxide) to be removed. Air is drawn in through the mouth and nose, where it is warmed, filtered and moistened....

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What is the Chain of Survival?

In order to maintain the oxygen supply to the body a person must be breathing, and their heart must be pumping blood around the body. If either of these two functions stops, the brain...

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What are the three aims of first aid?

There are three main aims of first aid: Preserve Life, Prevent worsening and Promote recovery.  Collectively, these aims are known as the ‘three Ps’ of first aid. Preserve Life Not only the casualty’s life...

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Avoid These Mistakes When You Learn CPR

When you learn CPR, it’s important to avoid common mistakes. Many mistakes in this training are not what people do, but what they don’t do. Keep reading to see how you can avoid these...

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The importance of CPR recertification

Learning CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is great, but studies show that our memories fade over time. The longer it’s been since you learned CPR, the greater the chances that you’ve forgotten some important parts of...

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The History of CPR and the ‘Kiss of Life’

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation’. It’s a life-saving technique introduced in the 1960s designed to temporarily restore blood and oxygen to the brain. Cardio’ means heart, and pulmonary’ means lungs – the procedure is...

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Why you should learn CPR today

CPR is short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It’s a technique that keeps air and blood circulating in a person’s body after his or her heart has stopped. Essentially, what CPR does is buy time. It...