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What are the signs and symptoms of hypoxia?

The medical term hypoxia means low oxygen levels in the blood. A low level of oxygen in the blood is potentially fatal, so it is very important that the First Aider recognizes the signs...

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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...

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AED written test practice questions

Are you preparing for an AED (defibrillator) written test or exam? Here are some practice multiple choice questions to help you prepare! The answers to these questions are at the end of this post....

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The three different types of blood vessel

The human body contains about one pint of blood for each stone of weight. An adult male casualty could have 12 pints of blood, whereas a six-year-old child may only have four pints. Blood...

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Joining the AHA instructor network

Don’t jump into studying before you find out just what you need to join the AHA Instructor network.  You may be interested in joining the American Heart Association Instructor network if you have already...