First Aid Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Gallery of First Aid Kit Pictures
These are just some of the first aid kits found around the home, office or in the pockets of United States soldiers. Some first aid kits are sold ready-to-use and some first aid kits are built at home.

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Fall Sports Injuries
Fall sports come right after summer's lazy days. The potential for injury is high.

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First Aid Kit Drugs
When picking medications for first aid kits and medicine cabinets, it's important to get the right kinds of drugs and avoid extras.

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First Aid Videos
With the help of real paramedics, doctors and firefighters, feel confident knowing that we provide first aid and safety skills you will really need.

Christmas Tree Safety
Here are some important things to remember about choosing and caring for a fresh-cut Christmas tree.

When in Doubt, Call 'em Out!
If you're unsure whether a medical condition is an emergency, it's better to call for help.

How To Recognize a Medical Emergency - When to Call 911
Having a list of when to call 911 is good, but it's better to know how to recognize an emergency.

When the Brain is Affected
Conditions that affect the brain can be serious medical emergencies

Problems Breathing
Breathing difficulty is a scary and potentially life-threatening medical emergency.

Problems with the Heart
Heart attacks and other cardiac conditions are true medical emergencies.

Severe Bleeding
Severe bleeding can be very dangerous, but is often easy to stop until help arrives.

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Burn Pictures - Gallery of Burn Pictures
Burn pictures to help identify burn severity. Includes examples of first degree burns, second degree burns and third degree burns. Burn pictures are from official sources as well as burn pictures submitted by readers.

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Heelys Crash Injuries
Heelys are the James Bond equivalent to inline skates. They look like typical, mild-mannered sneakers, nondescript and rather boring. However, hidden wheels in the heels of their soles allow the wearer to glide around effortlessly as if on roller skates, with the injuries to match.

What Are the Danger Signs of a Concussion?
Paramedics were taught if somebody got knocked out and recovered, then he just had a concussion. Nothing is ever just a concussion.

Testicle Pain: Possible Causes of Pain in the Nuts
Testicle pain should be evaluated by a physician in most cases. Some of these causes are very serious conditions.

Keeping Medical Information in the Refrigerator
Do paramedics and EMTs look in the refrigerator or the cell phone to find medical information for patients who are unable to speak?

OTC Skin Medication, Antiseptics and Ointments
Drugstore products treat a multitude of skin conditions, but how do you know which product is right for you? Learn how to find OTC skin medication.

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How to Safely Deliver a Baby in Case of Emergency
If you have a family member who is expecting a baby, it's important to be prepared in case the baby decides to come before anyone is ready. Learn how.

Tips for Earthquake Preparedness
Earthquakes don't come with a warning, so it's important to be ready for them all the time. Learn what you should do to be ready when an earthquake hits.

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The Brown Recluse - How to Tell if You Were Bitten
Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites. Learn how to identify this type of spider, the symptoms of its bites, and how to treat these bites.

Symptoms and Treatment of Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are nasty bloodsucking parasites, but luckily they're not that dangerous to humans. Learn how to recognize and properly treat bed bug bites.

Symptoms of Anaphylactic Shock
Recognizing anaphylactic shock symptoms may mean the difference between life and death, especially if there is no allergen identified.

Jellyfish Sting Treatment: Will urine relieve the pain?
Will urine work on a jellyfish sting help to relieve the pain?

Confusion Causes and Treatment
Confusion is a sign that the brain is ill or injured. Learn about causes of confusion that are potentially life-threatening.

How Can I Tell if I Have a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)?
A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a vein deep below the surface of the skin. If a DVT breaks loose and travels to the lungs it is called a pulmonary embolism (PE).

Do all states have Good Samaritan Laws?
Good Samaritan laws initially were intended to protect physicians and others with medical training.

Practicing Christmas Light Safety
Christmas lights are beautiful, but all that electricity can cause problems if not used properly.

First Aid During Ramadan: Fasting Safety
Muslim followers mark Ramadan by fasting during daylight the entire month. The sudden change in food and fluid intake can have consequences for some.

Recognize and Avoid Salmonella Poisoning
There are more than 40,000 cases of Salmonella infection every year. Learn about Salmonella poisoning.

Useful Tips For Dealing With and Treating Frostbite
Frostbite occurs when the body's skin and internal tissues freeze due to exposure to extremely cold temperatures. Learn tips for dealing with frostbite.

How to Recognize Dehydration Symptoms
Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.

Hyponatremia Symptoms and First Aid
Water intoxication, or hyponatremia, happens when victims drink water faster than they can process it. It often occurs during exercise in warm temperature.

Before You Get Caught in a Hurricane
Surviving a hurricane requires preparation. If you live near the coast and are in danger of being caught in a hurricane, here are some suggestions to help you survive a hurricane.

Identifying Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can have many causes, and some can be life-threatening. Learn the many causes of abdominal pain.

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Chirping - Carbon Monoxide or Smoke Detector Indicators
The smoke alarm in the hallway -- or maybe it's a carbon monoxide alarm. Either way, the thing starts chirping. What's up?

Important Personal Medical Information
Ambulance crews will need certain information when treating victims of emergencies.

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Tsunami Survival
Because a tsunami can strike without warning, you have to be prepared all the time.

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Gallery of Jellyfish Sting Pictures
Jellyfish stings have a distinct look, but not everything that stings in the ocean is a jellyfish.

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Spider Bite Pictures - Brown Recluse, Black Widow and More
These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look.

Gallery of Head Lice Pictures
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out head lice not as bad as you might think.

Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Head Lice
Head lice are parasites that feed on human blood and bask in the warmth of the noggin. They are not dangerous to humans, but they sure are itchy.

Will a Hot Shower Help a Child's Croup Cough?
An old home remedy says putting kids in a steamy bathroom with the hot shower running will soothe the coughing that comes with croup. Is it true?

Gallery of Skin Boil Pictures and Other Infections
These skin boil pictures are here to illustrate the various ways skin infections can look. Look through these skin boil pictures and learn more.

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Spider Bite Pictures - Brown Recluse, Black Widow and More
These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look.

Understanding Proper Use of Tourniquets
Tourniquets are tight bands used to control bleeding by stopping the blood flow to a wound. Learn why they have a bad rap in the field of first aid.

Step by Step Guide to Treating Shock
Shock can lead to death if not treated quickly. Learn all about what shock is and steps you should take to care for the person in shock.

911 from an Internet Phone
Because VoIP phones use the internet rather than traditional phone lines, they may not be as reliable as traditional phones during an emergency.

Emergency Medical Care on Survivor
On Survivor, an Australian company moves an Outback ER on location to provide medical care to the cast and crew.

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Medical Definition of Unconscious
Patients are usually considered unconscious if they can't wake up enough to interact normally with the rescuer, but it's not that simple.

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Why Mouth to Mouth During CPR Is Not Necessary
Focusing on pumping blood during CPR, rather than on moving air, makes a lot of sense. Here's why.

Diarrhea Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
Diarrhea is loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day. Diarrhea usually goes away on its own without any special treatment.

Causes of Nausea and Vomiting: Why We Toss Our Cookies
Several conditions cause nausea and vomiting. Look at these symptoms to help determine the causes of nausea.

Chest Pain Typically Requires an Emergency Room Visit
Chest pain is one of a few medical complaints that always need emergency medical care, and should never be seen at a doctor's office.

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Heart Attack Facts or Myths?
There are several misconceptions about heart attacks. Each may delay recognition of potentially fatal heart attacks and life-saving treatment.

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Hoverboard Injuries
Take the wheels off of a skateboard and turn them so the thing runs sideways; then hop on with nothing to hold on to. What could go wrong?

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4 Ways to Electrocute Santa Claus
If you're ready to light Santa up brighter than Rudolph's nose, here are the best ways to cook Santa's Christmas goose.

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Emergency Wound Care Instructions
Cleaning and dressing open wounds are both important to avoid infections. Learn how to clean and dress an open wound.

Severe Weather Safety Tips to Beat Nature's Wrath
Here are some of the deadliest weather conditions Mother Nature has to offer with tips to get through alive.

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Nature fills in several spots on the leading causes of death chart.

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Surviving Power Outages: Refrigeration
The more you open your fridge, the less time your stuff will stay safe to eat.

Surviving Power Outages: Safe Drinking Water
How much water do you really need? Depends on how hot it is.

Surviving Power Outages: Staying Connected
When you really need to call somebody, you just can't beat low-tech.

Surviving Power Outages: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a much bigger problem when the power goes out.

Surviving Power Outages: Summer Tips
Heat makes not having electricity a real bummer.

Surviving Power Outages: Winter Tips
At least the beer will stay cold in the snow.

Do You Know What to Do When the Lights Go Out?
The safety of our food and water depends on a stable energy supply. Knowing how to survive during a power outage is essential in our modern world.

What Does "Type & Cross" Mean?
Docs on TV say it all the time. What does

Blood Types: Rh Factor
Years after the ABO system for blood types was developed, the same scientists discovered Rh factor. It's just as important for survival as the ABO type.

Blood Types: A, B, AB and O
ABO is a blood typing system that uses combinations of two protein markers to determine compatibility of donor and recipient blood during transfusions.

Bloody Nose Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Kids get bloody noses more often than adults. When adults get nosebleeds, it could be an indicator of a more severe medical problem.

Shingles Symptoms
Shingles symptoms can be last several days or even weeks.

Shingles Causes
Shingles is a condition caused by the same virus as chickenpox.

Shingles Treatment
There isn't much you can do for shingles. The trick is to recognize it early and get to the doctor.

Shingles Prevention
Shingles can't be treated at home very well, but it can be prevented.

Shingles Overview
Shingles is an inflammation of nerves caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox.

Myths of First Aid: Put Butter on Burns
Keep your butter for the dinner table.

Myths of First Aid: Drinking Alcohol to Warm Up a Hypothermia Victim
Alcohol is not good for warming you up.

Myths of First Aid: Keeping Head Injury Patients Awake
All this does is make your headache worse from fatigue.

Myths of First Aid: Never Use a Tourniquet
First they say to use them, then they say not to...sheesh!

Myths of First Aid: Counting on Good Samaritan Laws to Protect You
Good Sam laws are not always what they're cracked up to be.

Myths of First Aid: Sucking a Snake Bite
Sucking a snake bite sucks. And, it doesn't work.

Myths of First Aid: Curing Croup with Steam
Steam and humidity are not going to cure croup.

Myths of First Aid: Putting Something in a Seizure Patient's Mouth to Bite
Keep fingers and all other things out of a seizure patient's mouth.

Myths of First Aid: Raw steak on Black Eye
This is one of the oldest myths around.

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Tips to Keep Green Thumbs Green, and Not Red
Gardening is relaxing and fun, until you cut off a finger. Learn what to do when gardening turns dangerous.

Myths of First Aid: Rubbing Alcohol for a Fever
Alcohol is not good for cooling you off.

Myths of First Aid: Hyperventilating into a Paper Bag
Paper bags and hyperventilation are not synonymous.

Myths of First Aid: Peeing on a Jellyfish Sting
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Myths of First Aid: Leaning Back with a Nosebleed
Bloody noses are better when treated not lying down.

Avoid Poisonous Plants
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Handle Pesticides Carefully
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Myths of First Aid: Scraping a Bee Stinger
Don't worry about scraping it off.

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Greatest Myths of First Aid
It's time to dispel some of the most common myths in first aid. The worst first aid ideas demystified with the correct response to each emergency.

How to Treat Cut Fingers: Stop Bleeding
First aid for cut fingers or other minor wounds mean keeping the injury clean more than stopping bleeding. These simple injuries can be treated at home with little more than an adhesive bandage and some soap.

Treatment for Minor Bumps and Bruises
Treating bumps and bruises is probably the most common type of first aid you'll ever do.

Road Trip Safety Tips
Taking a road trip can be a great way to see the world. Be sure you have what it takes to stay safe.

Skin Boil First Aid Treatment
Boils look like really big pimples and are pus-filled abscesses. Should you treat at home or call the doc? It depends on the situation and type of boil.

Top 5 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in the Hospital
Thanksgiving is one of those days when injuries have a tendency to creep up on you without notice. Be prepared for mishaps before the big day.

8 Safety & First Aid Tips for Kids
Teaching the kids about safety starts as early you want. They understand more than we typically give them credit for.

5 Steps for Proper Head Lice Treatment
Learn how to recognize nits, apply shampoo, and comb them away. Head lice aren't as scary as our parents thought.

Head Lice Treatment: Prepare the Hair
Pictorial showing head lice treatment. How to recognize nits, apply shampoo and comb nits away. Head lice isn't as scary as our parents thought they were. Getting rid of head lice shouldn't be too hard.

Head Lice Treatment: Apply Lice Shampoo or Gel
Pictorial showing head lice treatment. How to recognize nits, apply shampoo and comb nits away. Head lice isn't as scary as our parents thought they were. Getting rid of head lice shouldn't be too hard.

Head Lice Treatment: Remove the Nits
Pictorial showing head lice treatment. How to recognize nits, apply shampoo and comb nits away. Head lice isn't as scary as our parents thought they were. Getting rid of head lice shouldn't be too hard.

Head Lice Treatment: Prevent Reinfestation
Pictorial showing head lice treatment. How to recognize nits, apply shampoo and comb nits away. Head lice isn't as scary as our parents thought they were. Getting rid of head lice shouldn't be too hard.

Nausea Treatment: Breathe
Sometimes the best treatments are the simplest.

Nausea Treatment: Anti-Emetics (Anti-Nausea Medications)
Taking anti-emetics isn't always recommended.

What to Do When You Feel Like Puking
Anti-nausea treatment is not an exact science. Successful treatment depends entirely on the cause. Learn how to treat your nausea correctly.

Nausea Treatment: Ginger or Vitamin B6
Nausea has some pretty strange home remedies and dietary supplements have entered the fray. Here are a couple that might help.

Nausea Treatment: See the Doctor
When all else fails, it's time to go to the pros.

Most Basic First Aid Procedures
A quick primer on some basic first aid procedures. There's no substitute for proper first aid training, but it will get you through a minor crisis.

Seizure Recognition and Treatment
Seizures are complicated and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Learn how they affect the whole body (generalized) or just part of it (partial).

What's the Best Way to Remove a Bee Stinger?
There's some controversy surrounding the best method for removing a bee stinger. Here's an overview of how best to treat the situation.

Understanding Cells, Tissues, and Organs
The basic building materials of the human body are present regardless whether we're talking about brains or brawn.

How do Chest Compressions Work?
The heart is too deep in the chest to be directly affected by chest compressions. If we're not squeezing the heart, how do chest compressions work?

Heat Stroke Treatment and Symptoms
Heat stroke is a severe emergency that can lead to coma and possibly death. It's important to recognize heat stroke before it leads to irreversible damage.

Take Out the Stinger
Get the stinger out of your body. Obviously it's not worth anything or the bee wouldn't have left it behind.

How to Treat a Bee Sting Safely
As long as your throat isn't closing up from the anaphylaxis, after removing the stinger, time is the best cure for a bee sting.

How to Treat a Bee Sting Safely
As long as your throat isn't closing up from the anaphylaxis, after removing the stinger, time is the best cure for a bee sting.

Treat Local Reactions
There's not much you can do for a bee sting, but sometimes you can make it less miserable while it heals.

When Is It an Emergency?
An allergic reaction turns a minor little bee sting into a deadly condition. Plus, enough venom will make even the least allergic really sick.

Flu First Aid
Influenza - also known as the flu - is a common viral infection that is easily spread and commonly affects many during the winter months.

Back Pain Causes
There are some causes of back pain that have nothing to do with twisting or pulling muscles.

Flood and Flash Flood Survival Tips
Staying safe during a flood takes planning. Create a disaster pack to keep at home or to take along if you need to evacuate. Learn more.

How to Take Rectal Temperature
Take a rectal temperature in kids who can't hold an oral thermometer under the tongue.

How To Remove a Tick Correctly
If you don't remove a tick correctly, there's an increased chance for infection. Learn how to remove a tick and look for Lyme disease.

EMT Reciprocity
EMS in the United States is pieced together from various state and local regulations, sometimes differing between neighboring municipalities.

How to Rescue a Drowning Patient
When patients panic in water it can be very dangerous to try rescuing them. Follow these steps to rescue a drowning patient.

Can People Come Back from the Dead?
Is it possible to bring people back from death? The answer depends on how dead they are, and whether dead is in the heart or the head.

Brain Activity After Cardiac Arrest
Once blood stops flowing to the brain, how long until all brain activity stops?

Remove a Ring Stuck on a Finger
A tight ring around the finger may act as a tourniquet and cause permanent damage to the finger if not removed.

Diagnosing Black Widow Bites
A reader wrote in to find out why doctors couldn't identify whether or not a black widow bit her son. Diagnosing it is not as simple as you think.

How to Treat Dog Bites at Home
Responding to a dog bite should always start with the safety of all involved, including the victim, the rescuer, and if possible, the dog.

What to Do for Bee Stings and Bug Bites
Since critters that crawl, buzz, and fly are bound to be with us forever, here are some tips to deal with the inevitable battle scars.

An Overview of Blister Treatment
How to treat a blister from friction on foot or elsewhere. Follow these steps to drain and dress blisters.

Treatment of a Sunburn
Sunburns are a little different than other types of burns, but the treatment is very similar. Learn how to treat a sunburn before you need to.

Frostbite Symptoms
You might know frostbite happens in fingers and toes. But, do you know how to recognize frostbite?

How to Treat Cat Bites and Scratches
Keep the cat and the patient away from each other. They obviously didn't get along the first time.

How To Properly Treat a Laceration
A laceration is an irregular cut in the skin caused by a sharp object. Treatment for a laceration typically depends on just how deep the cut is.

How to Treat a Burn at Home
Follow these steps to treat a burn at home and learn whether to call 911 or treat the burn yourself.

Identify Brown Recluse Spiders With Pictures
Brown recluses are famous for the violin on their backs. Would you be surprised to know that they're not the only spider with this fashion statement? Plus, not all recluses like to wear the fiddle on their back.

Identify Brown Recluse Spiders with Pictures - The Body
Brown recluses are small. Without their legs they're less than 3/8 inch long and the abdomen is a boring solid brown color.

Identify Brown Recluse Spiders with Pictures - The Eyes
Brown recluse spiders have a fairly unique eye structure. When you look at them head on, they look like they have a nose. Nope, just creepy peepers.

Identify Brown Recluse Spiders with Pictures - The Legs
Brown Recluse spiders are named for their angled legs. If it's not angled, smooth and one boring color then it's not a brown recluse.

Identify Brown Recluse Spiders - The Habitat
Brown recluse spiders are known to live in a very specific part of the United States. If it didn't come from there, it's not a brown recluse.

Identify Brown Recluse Spiders with Pictures
Chances are, it's not a brown recluse. Use these steps and pictures to rule out 99% of the spiders that aren't brown recluses.

Bloody Noses: Lean Forward, Not Back
Keep your head forward, not leaning back.

Bloody Noses: Pinch the Nose (Correctly)
You can't just pinch the nostrils to fix that bloody nose.

Learn to Stop a Bloody Nose the Right Way
Leaning your head back with a bloody nose is a myth. Here's the right way to treat a nosebleed, which includes leaning forward and pinching the nose.

How to Properly Prevent and Treat Snake Bites
Snake bites can be deadly and thus it is extremely important to react quickly to bites. Learn how to properly prevent and deal with snake bites.

Spider Bites: Symptoms, Pictures, and Treatment
Pictures and descriptions of real spider bites, including black widow and brown recluse. Learn how to tell and what to do if you have a spider bite.

How to Properly Dress a Wound
Most lacerations and abrasions can be handled at home without ever going to the emergency room. Learn more.

After You Call 911: Who's Coming and What Do They Need?
Once you place the call to 911, who's going to walk in your door? What do they need? Here are the answers you need to know.

Should I Use Neosporin on My Cut?
Some folks are big believers of triple antibiotic ointments while others feel they are unnecessary. Learn about the prose and cons of Neosporin​.

Bullseye Bruises: Is It From a Spider Bite?
Bug bites or spider bites: the chances are better that it actually comes from a critter if there's a bullseye.

First Aid for the Elderly: What You Need to Know
Elderly first aid focused on brittle bones, thin skin and fall prevention. Make sure you have the proper first aid supplies for the elderly.

Causes of Fainting: Reasons Why We Pass Out
Fainting (syncope) is a sudden loss of consciousness from a lack of blood flow to the brain. Here are the reasons we pass out and whether or not you should worry.

Mosquito Bites - Treat Itching and Recognize Infections
Treatment for the itching of mosquito bites and the signs of deadly infections to beware of.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms and Treatment
Heat exhaustion is caused by an increase in core body temperature often coupled with fluid loss. It's important to recognize heat exhaustion early and seek treatment as quickly as possible.

Hands Only CPR: No Pulse (Check) Needed
Learn what to do if you are in a situation where someone stops breathing. Hands only CPR can save a life.

Hands-Only CPR - The Easiest CPR to Do
These steps are the American Heart Association's recommendations for providing hands-only CPR if you are an untrained rescuer.

Chest Pain Related Symptoms and Assessment
Learn about chest pain symptoms, and how to assess the symptom of chest pain to determine if it comes from a heart attack.

Vertigo Causes and Treatments
Vertigo is a sign the brain or the ear is ill or injured. Learn about causes of vertigo that are potentially life-threatening, and some that aren't.

Gallery of Rash Pictures
These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor.

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How to Teach Kids to Call 911
Teaching kids to call 911 is similar to teaching adults. Know when to call, make sure the call-taker knows where you are located, and don't hang up.

Proper Fire Extinguisher Use
Fire extinguishers are rated for specific types of fires. Make sure you purchase the right type of fire extinguisher for the area where you plan to use it.

Choosing and Maintaining Ladders for Safety
With the right ladder and proper use, working above ground level should be no problem.

2015 CPR Guidelines: Updates from Previous Versions
The 2015 Guidelines for CPR from the American Heart Association. These are the definitive rules on how to do CPR.

Black Eyes
Black eyes are usually benign--unless it's a life threatening head injury.

Blisters
Blisters are probably the most minor of all minor injuries.

Sprains
Sprains are usually considered minor injuries, but they can be nearly as serious as fractures.

Minor Injury: Treat at Home or Call the Doc?
Can you treat it yourself or do you need a doctor? Here is what you need to know to make the decision.

Bruised More than Your Ego?
Swollen, discolored, but worthy of the ER? Maybe not.

How Bad is that Burn?
Does your burn need a hospital or a kiss from mom?

Cuts, Scrapes and Scratches
Small cuts and scrapes can be treated at home.

Removing Splinters--Minor Surgery for a Minor Injury
Taking out a splinter is a parent staple.

Common Misconceptions about Ambulances
Here are some common mistaken assumptions about the use of ambulances and emergency rooms.

Ambulance Myths: Calling Ambulances Gets You Care Faster
Taking an ambulance to the emergency department does not mean you won't have to wait in the waiting room.

Ambulance Myths: Ambulances Only for Transport
Ambulances do more than just throw patients in the back to drive them to the hospital.

How to Make an Ice Pack
Ice packs help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make an ice pack at home with common items. Never place ice directly on skin.

How to Make an Ice Pack
Ice packs help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make an ice pack at home with common items. Never place ice directly on skin.

How to Make an Ice Pack: A Step-By-Step Guide
Ice packs help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make an ice pack at home with common items. Never place ice directly on skin.

How to Make an Ice Pack
Ice packs help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make an ice pack at home with common items. Never place ice directly on skin.

How to Make an Ice Pack
Ice packs help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make an ice pack at home with common items. Never place ice directly on skin.

5 Steps for Rescuing an Ice Victim: Treat Hypothermia
They might be out of the ice, but they're not out of the woods yet.

5 Steps for Rescuing an Ice Victim
Saving someone from the ice starts by trying not to become a victim yourself. Stay away from the hole in the ice at all costs.

5 Steps for Rescuing an Ice Victim: Reach
Reach out to a drowning or ice victim rather than jumping in with them.

5 Steps for Rescuing an Ice Victim: Throw
When you can't reach them, throw them a lifeline.

5 Steps for Rescuing an Ice Victim: Row
Row out to the victim rather than walk or swim. If you row out, you can always row back in.

5 Steps for Rescuing an Ice Victim: Go
When all else fails, go to the victim. But, still do it safely.

Football Injuries
Football-related injuries are common. Practicing -- rather than playing the actual game -- is where the majority of football injuries happen.

MRSA: Drug-Resistant Staph Infections
MRSA is everywhere. Stickers and bands declare MRSA status for all (healthcare providers) to see.

First Aid for Too Much Sun Exposure
Spending too much time in the sun can have serious repercussions. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn are all problems.

When Should You Call 911? Expert First Aid Tips
Not sure when to call 911? These tips will help you understand when to call for an ambulance.

A Listing of First Aid Kits for All Occasions
There's more than one way to build a first aid kit. Some are designed for tactical situations and others are focused more on sports injuries.

Fainting Symptoms: Signs You're about to Pass Out
Fainting (syncope) is a sudden loss of consciousness from a lack of blood flow to the brain. Patients usually wake up quickly after collapsing.

First Aid for Zombie Bites
Anyone who's ever seen a movie about zombies knows that they are unfortunately ugly, with bad skin and worse teeth. Many zombies would benefit greatly from a

Responding in an Emergency: Should You Be a Bystander?
Don't just stand by when there's an emergency unfolding; get in there and help! A bystander doesn't help the situation, but you can.

Recognize and Treat Chigger Bites (With Pictures)
Chiggers bites are a problem in the summer months. In North America, they're just annoying. In Asia, they can be more dangerous.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
There are several types of traumatic brain injury, but they all fall into just two basic categories: closed or penetrating.

Honey for Coughs
Honey makes a decent cough suppressant, sort of. Nothing else works any better.

Echinacea for Colds
This is supposed to be the next great thing, but I don't know.

Brandy (Whiskey, Scotch, Rum, etc.) for Cough
There's almost nothing a shot of whiskey won't fix.

Steam to Treat Croup
Humidity, the age-old cure for croup. Maybe we should study some of this stuff.

Hot Peppers for Stuffy Noses
This has got to work. Hundreds of years of Cajun food can't be wrong.

Vitamin C to Beat the Common Cold
There's research on vitamin C for shortening your cold. Does it work?

Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds
Who's got it figured out? Are Grandma's home remedies better than the pharmaceuticals for coughs and colds?

Broken Ankle Symptoms and Treatment
Broken ankles are very painful and rarely life-threatening. Learn how to recognize and treat a broken ankle.

West Nile Virus Infection and Symptoms
West Nile Virus is a summertime epidemic that continues into fall. It is usually spread by mosquitos carrying infected blood.

Symptoms and Treatment of Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever is brought to you by group A Streptococcus, the same bacteria that causes strep throat.

Scabies - Symptoms and First Aid Treatment
Scabies is a common infestation of the skin with a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabei. A scabies infestation may look like a rash. Learn more.

Treating Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)
Hypoglycemia is the most common emergency condition for people with diabetes. It's easily treated but can lead to coma or even death if untreated.

Symptoms of Hyperventilation Syndrome
Hyperventilation syndrome is very scary, but not life-threatening. It can be hard to tell apart from other causes of shortness of breath.

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Pneumonia
Pneumonia causes the air sacs in the lungs to become inflamed and often filled with pus. Learn more about this condition.

Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries
Whether you like to ski or snowboard (or one of the dozens of other types of gravity-related snow transport devices) there's always a chance of injury.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Treat a Broken Bone
Fractures or breaks, the treatment is the same (because the injury is the same).

12 First Aid Steps Every Coach Needs to Know
Coaches are likely to see a variety of injuries, and they should know first aid for any sport. Learn more and be ready for any injury.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Dress a Wound
Do you need a real bandage or just an adhesive one?

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Recognize Dehydration
Drink up (water that is). First Aid.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Treat Heat Stroke
Heat stroke or heat exhaustion really ruins your day.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Do CPR
Nothing can be worse than cardiac arrest.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Treat a Neck Injury


First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Treat a Head Injury
Noggin care: every coach needs to know it.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Save a Lost Tooth
Hockey. Brought to you by the dentists' association.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Stop a Bloody Nose
The right thing to do is not to get any blood on your uniform.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Treat a Black Eye
No steaks necessary for this treatment, which means no cows were injured.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: How to Treat a Sprain
Sprains, ankles or otherwise, need to be treated with care. They hurt.

First Aid Every Coach Needs to Know: When to Call 911
Worst case scenario, a coach needs to know when and how to call 911.

What's the worst call you've ever had?
The most common question of a paramedic, and yet no one really wants to hear the answer.

Have you ever seen a dead person?
It sort of comes with the gig, right? I suppose the most successful paramedic wouldn't ever see a dead person, but for those of us mere mortals...

Questions Every Paramedic is Asked During their Career
These are the questions every paramedic and EMT is asked at least once. Some of these we dread, others we welcome.

What's the difference between an EMT and a paramedic?
EMT or paramedic? What's the difference between the two?

Have you ever brought anyone back from the dead?
What does it mean to bring someone back from the dead?

Have you ever brought anyone back from the dead?
They can't be too dead, but it is possible to raise a zombie or two.

What's the worst call you've ever had?
The question paramedics hate the worst: What's the worst call you've ever had?

What's the difference between an EMT and a paramedic?
Not every ambulance crew member has the same training.

Are you an ambulance driver?
The most commonly asked question of a paramedic: Are you an ambulance driver?

5 Questions Every Paramedic is Asked
These are the questions every paramedic and EMT is asked frequently during their careers. Some of these we dread, others we welcome.

Have you ever seen a dead person?
One of the most morbid questions paramedics get.

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Different Types of Shock, a Life Threatening Condition
Shock can be a life-threatening condition of not treated. Learn about the different types of shock so you know how to start treatment.

Strep Throat: Streptococcal Pharyngitis
Strep throat is an inflammation of the throat caused by a streptococcal bacterium. Strep throat is easily passed from person to person.

Treating Hyperventilation by Breathing Into a Paper Bag
Hyperventilating into a paper bag? The answer is definitely no -- unless your doctor tells you to.

Hypothermia Treatment Step 1: Remove the Cold
The first step to treating hypothermia is to stop the cold from stealing more heat.

Hypothermia Treatment Step 2: Add Heat
Once you've stopped the cold, add heat to fix hypothermia.

When the Cold Outside is Too Cold Inside
Hypothermia is when the body temperature gets too low. It ranges from mild shivering to death. Here's how to recognize and treat it.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypothermia
Hypothermia can range from mild chills and shivering to unconsciousness and death. Recognize and treat it before it's too late.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Treat Head Lice
Head lice is the bane of childhood. It's gonna happen, so you'd better know how to do it.

12 First Aid Skills Every Parent Needs to Know
Kids get hurt and parents are called upon to fix it. Are you ready for when your child gets hurt?

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Fix Nausea
Depending on the cause of the nausea, there are a few things you can do to help.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Remove a Splinter
Taking out a splinter is the parent equivilent of surgery.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Treat a Bee Sting
What you thought you knew about treating bee stings is probably wrong.

Parent First Aid Skills: When to Call 911
The most important skill in parenting is knowing when to call in the troops.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Do CPR
CPR is necessary for all ages. You have to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Stop a Bloody Nose
When junior gets a nosebleed, here's how to fix it.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Dress a Wound
Skinned knees and elbows require a bit of tender loving care.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Treat a Burn
Burns come with childhood. They're also good for coming at the wrong possible moments.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Save a Choking Baby
Parents save their kids' lives all the time. Here's one of the more common ways to do it.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Do the Heimlich Maneuver
Heimlich maneuver is the way to save a choking kid or a choking grandparent.

Parent First Aid Skills: How to Stop Diarrhea
A diet can help fix runny stools...sometimes.

First Aid Phraseology: Insulin Shock vs Diabetic Coma
Insulin shock and diabetic coma have no basis in common sense—unless you're an endocrinologist with a deep understanding of physiology.

Identifying Rabies Symptoms in Humans
Once the symptoms of rabies appear, the infection is almost always fatal. It's more important to get treatment based on the animal that bit you.

Why Would Opiate Medications Cause Fainting?
Mechanisms and side effects of opioids are still not completely understood. A reader asks why her husband passes out when he takes pain relievers.

3 Common Traits to Make You Think It Might Be Shingles
Is it shingles? Use this guide to help you identify your rash so you can get treatment as soon as possible.

How to Tell It's Shingles: One Side Only
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Looks Just Like Chickenpox
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Shingles Follows the Nerves
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Signs and Symptoms
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4 Reasons to Go to the Doc for a Possible Broken Bone
Four ways to tell if a bone is broken. You can't be sure without an x-ray, but these four signs should send you to the doctor.

Bruising
Besides pain, bruising is the most common sign of almost any injury.

Swelling
Swelling can be from a variety of causes, but they nearly all indicate an injury.

Deformity
Nothing like a deformed arm or leg to scream,

Crepitus
Crepitus is the coolest name for one of the worst feelings.

ER or Doc's Office?
How do you know whether to go to the doctor's office or the ER?

Enroll in a Good Quality Paramedic Program
Good quality paramedic training can give you a several year boost on being a good quality paramedic.

Graduate
Now that you've graduated, it's just the beginning.

So You Want to Be a Paramedic?
Being a paramedic is not about blood, guts and glory. It's about compassion and leadership more than anything else.

Become an Emergency Medical Technician
Before becoming a paramedic, you must first become an EMT.

Get a Job
It takes more than the classroom to be a good paramedic. Once you've learned to be an EMT, I have 3 words for you: get a job.

Take Preparatory Classes
While you're working as an EMT, take some prep classes. Some people think EMS means emergency medical services. It really means

How to Treat Hyperventilation Syndrome
Hyperventilation syndrome is not life-threatening, but can lead to a significant decrease in carbon dioxide. Here's how to treat it.

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Do You Need to Get Stitches for That?
Some open wounds will benefit from stitches while others may not. Learn the difference before you head to the emergency room.

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Do I Need Stitches?
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How to Splint a Foot: Ice the Foot
Splinting a foot requires immobilizing not only the foot, but the ankle as well. This type of splinting should provide enough support to get the victim to medical help.

How to Splint a Foot: Assessment
Splinting a foot requires immobilizing not only the foot but the ankle as well. This should provide enough support to get the patient to medical help.

How to Splint a Foot: Reassessment
Splinting a foot requires immobilizing not only the foot, but the ankle as well. This type of splinting should provide enough support to get the victim to medical help.

911 Should Only be Called for an Emergency
Sometimes 911 is not the right number to call. 911 is for emergencies only. Calling for non-emergencies is often unethical and possibly illegal.

The Number for the Police Department is NOT 911
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911 is Not to Ask the Police-Fire-Ambulance Agency a Question
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Testing to See if the Phone Works is Not a Reason to Call 911
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To Get a Cat Out of a Tree
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Teaching Kids to Call 911
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Using the Rule of Nines Calculation
Measuring the size of a burn is difficult because every person is different in shape and weight, but the rule of nines is a good quick measurement.

Symptoms and Treatment of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Pink eye can be caused by a virus, fungus, bacteria, allergy or by something irritating the eye.

How to Treat Stingray Stings
Stingrays are found on the sandy floor of the ocean and are usually docile. Stingrays are, however, capable of painful and sometimes dangerous sting.

How to Treat a Black Eye
Black eyes are fairly common and the first aid for a black eye is very simple. However, two black eyes can indicate a serious injury.

Food Poisoning Causes and Symptoms
Abdominal pain and nausea caused by foodborne bacteria is common. Food poisoning can cause severe pain, nausea, and diarrhea in victims.

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Skin Boils
Always think of a boil as boiling over. It looks like a bubble floated to the surface of the skin and is trying to break away.

How to Do CPR - Step by Step
CPR is the most basic of all medical procedures, but it's also the most important. Learn about how to do CPR here.

CPR Step 2: Call 911
Before you start CPR--get help headed your way.

CPR Step 3: Push on the Chest
There are lots of other things you might be able to do for a cardiac arrest patient, but chest compressions are paramount.

CPR Tips
Tips to help you be a better resuscitator.

Following Universal Precautions
Professional rescuers follow universal precautions to avoid infection when caring for medical emergency victims. Lay rescuers should do the same.

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Caring for Cuts & Scrapes - How to Prevent Infection
Not every little cut is worthy of a doctor's visit. Learn how to treat cuts at home, how to tell if your scrape is infected and when to see a doctor.

How To Properly Treat a Gunshot Wound
Gunshot wounds are unpredictable puncture wounds that cause major tissue damage. Learn several steps and tips to properly treat a gunshot victim.

Aspiration - Definition in First Aid
Aspiration is a term heard often in medical settings. It means different things depending on whether the patient is doing it or the doctor.

Shigella or Shigellosis Infection
Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Learn how to recognize Shigella infection.

Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is the most common medical condition (it's also a symptom) to accompany heart attacks.

Nausea
The body as a tendency to throw up every time it doesn't know what's going on.

Fatigue
Fatigue and syncope are similar cats in the face of a heart attack.

Heart Attack Symptoms and What to Do
Heart attack symptoms often follow a common pattern, but trust your gut.

Chest Pressure
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, typical or not, it is important that you call 911 immediately.

Sweating
Leave the sweating for the gym and the sauna. If you start sweating for no reason, it might be a heart attack.

What to Do
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Pain in the Arm, Neck or Jaw
The pain or pressure of a heart attack doesn't always stay in the middle of the chest.

Syncope
Sycope is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.

What Is the Best Barrier Device for Giving CPR?
What's the best type of barrier device a lay rescuer should use when doing mouth-to-mouth, a flat plastic barrier or a mask? How about nothing at all?

Recognizing Altitude Sickness
Altitude illness occurs when unacclimatized people visit destinations above 2000 meters. Learn to recognize altitude sickness in order to seek treatment.

One Case of Food Poisoning from Pastrami
The first indicator that something was wrong was the bad case of indigestion Melissa felt after lunch.

Ventricular Fibrillation vs Cardiac Arrest
Ventricular fibrillation causes cardiac arrest, but not all cardiac arrest is caused by ventricular fibrillation.

How To Properly Perform Infant CPR
It is important to be properly prepared to perform infant CPR in the case of an emergency. Learn steps and tips to properly perform infant CPR.

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OSHA Compliance Requirements for First Aid in the Workplace
OSHA compliance requires first aid (and sometimes CPR) training for workplaces. Know the first aid training requirements for your workplace.

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Jellyfish Stings: Pluck Off the Tentacles
Everyone who treats jellyfish stings agrees that pulling the tentacles off is the one treatment known to work for sure.

Jellyfish Stings: The Hot Bath Step
Hot means as hot as you can stand it without burning yourself.

Jellyfish Stings: Rinse the Tentacles Off
Jellyfish sting treatments are hotly contested among those who treat them often. Some say vinegar and others say hot water.

Jellyfish Stings: Watch for Allergic Reactions
Here are steps that have research behind them and the explanations why.

Is it possible to compress the chest too fast?
Chest compressions should be at least 100 per minute, but is it possible to go too fast?

First Aid Kit Items
Every first aid kit evolves as items are added or subtracted. But, there are certain items that every first aid kit should have.

How to Treat a Smashed Finger
Nothing hurts like a smashed finger. Here are some steps you can take to relieve that wonderful throbbing sensation.

How to Save a Choking Infant
There's no substitute for proper training when it comes to saving an infant from choking. However, emergencies don't wait for training.

How to Safely Light Fireworks
A home fireworks display is a festive, but relatively dangerous, way to celebrate. Stay safe by following these fireworks safety tips.

Broken Wrist Treatment
Broken wrists are very painful and rarely life-threatening. Learn how to recognize and treat a broken wrist.

Learn How to Buddy Tape a Finger
Buddy taping is a way to immobilize finger sprains and mild fractures without going to the doctor.

Use Medical Cloth Tape to Buddy Tape a Finger
Medical cloth tape is the best option for buddy taping an injured finger to its neighbor.

Buddy Tape the Ring Finger to the Pinky
When the injury is a ring finger or pinky, they should be buddy taped together. Illustrated tutorial on properly buddy taping a pinky finger.

Correct Buddy Taping of a Finger Allows It to Bend
Proper buddy taping allows an injured finger to be used but protects it from further injury. An illustrated first aid tutorial.

How to Splint a Foot: Cardboard Splint
Splinting a foot requires immobilizing not only the foot, but the ankle as well. This type of splinting should provide enough support to get the victim to medical help.