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Emergancy First Aid And Head Injuries
Yes: Compressions are more important than breathing it's important to start compressions as soon as possible. Check for unresponsiveness, check the pulse, tell someone to call 911 and then start compressions. There is enough oxygen in the bloodstream to support life if you do compressions quickly. ...Read more
Pressure: Pinch the nostrils shut, holding pressure on the soft middle part of the nose and lean forward slightly to prevent blood from drainage into the throat. Hold this position for 5 minutes non-stop. Rarely will a bloody nose persist after this. Most people slip up by not holding it long enough. ...Read more
Partially: If you carry staph (or mrsa) then it's important to immediately wash all cuts/scrapes/abrasions with soap and water. Applying a topical antibacterial ointment couldn't hurt (as long as you're not allergic). However, there is no proven method to eradicate staph from your body completely. ...Read more
To immobilize: An uncovered eye will move, thus causing the injured eye to move as well (you can't move just one eye). Covering it minimizes movement. ...Read more
I've got some brake fluid in my eye today ive washed my eye with saline pods from a first aid kit do I need to seek medical attention?
Not likely: Mechanics get motor fluids in their eyes all the time. They aremostly organic, are removed from the eye mostly with the first blink and toxicity is uncommon. If the eye stings and/or hurts, then flush it out with water. You need medical attention only if the eye becomes seriously red or the vision changes. ...Read more
While having a nappy change my baby burped, while lying on her back and vomit ran out her nose and blocked it. What can I do in future for first aid?
Bulb suction: Keeping a bulb suction on your changing table should be all you need - simply suction the secretions from baby's nose when you see them. Good luck! ...Read more
Accidentally injested benzethoniun chloride 0.13% up via first aid wash w/ strong spray. My nose & throatare red & in very severe pain. What do I do?
911: 911 ER and call poison control center 1-800-222-1222 ...Read more
Can I use rite aid's first aid antiseptic to clean new ear piercings? It says 91% isopropyl alcohol.
Yes.: Sure, you can use it - but plain isopropyl alcohol will work just as well, and it's cheaper. ...Read more
1 wk back had a fall at home \u0026 a split laceration rt forehead over eyelash. Got first aid and was fine untill yesterday, when swelling developed around root of nose b/l. Why & wht shud I do now.
Laceration: Sounds like you have an infection and because of the location I would seek immediate help at the e r. ...Read more
Asking for a friend. Her baby vomited while sleeping and she worries some of the vomit enters her daughter's eAr. What steps need to be taken as first aid?
Clean it: If it happens, just clean it off. It does not trigger any bad issues with the babies ears. ...Read more
I have a really bad pimple on my upper lip. I have benzoyl peroxide, but I need something fast. Does first aid antibiotic cream work?
Ice.: Ice the shoulder 20 minutes at a time, 3-5 times per day. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, if you can. Use a sling for comfort, if you feel that you need support. ...Read more
3 important things: If you suspect serious head injury, you need to take care of three things right from the start: 1. Observe for signs of shock, a concussion, or a skull fracture. 2. Position the victim so he or she is immobile, in order to prevent further damage to both the brain and the spinal cord. 3. Treat scalp cuts and wounds for bleeding to avoid infection. Call for help. If conscious turn face sideways. ...Read more
Nerve damage: A brachial plexus nerve injury is a serious injury and can range just a mild stretch injury to disruption of a nerve which could mean a surgical exploration is necessary to repair it. There is no "first aid" available but in the milder injuries physical therapy is helpful. ...Read more
Physical therapy: Acutely, there is little to do for a closed brachial plexus stretch injury. Most neurosurgeons will watch these for recovery of sensation and/or movement. If there is no improvement after 3-6 months, surgeons may explore these and remove scar and possibly do nerve grafts across the injured part. Acutely with open injuries, some may surgically explore and attempt to repair the nerve. ...Read more
Wash, treat, cover: Wash cuts and scrapes with tap water and a liquid soap. Dry the area and apply an antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin or bacitracin/polymyxin. Cover with a band-aid. Continue this regimen 1-3 times/day until the wound is healing well, usually 1-2 days more minor cuts and 3-5 days for more significant injuries. Note than rubbing alcohol & hydrogen peroxide often prevent adequate wound healing. ...Read more
Safety: When a child is under the supervision of a sitter injuries and other health related events can and will occur and the sitter is the person who is able to first respond. In emergencies (choking, cuts, anaphylaxis, etc) understanding basic first aid is essential to stabilize the child until emergency personal can arrive. ...Read more
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Knowing how to administer first aid is important in any type of situation, whether it's a life-
threatening emergency or just a simple scratch on the arm. Administering first aid correctly can often mean saving a limb or even saving a life.
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Heart Association: Check with your local hospital and american heart association chapter. ...Read more
AHA: American heart association offers courses throughout the United States. Log on and find one near you. Sometimes it is bls (basic life support) and other times, you can get a lot out of a community first aid class. ...Read more
Prevent aspiration: If a person is lying on their back, turn them on their side (to prevent aspiration of vomit). ...Read more
Not at all: Very easy following the course outlined by the american heart association. There are online courses and a number offered throughout the United States. ...Read more
Red Cross or 4H: Most local red cross chapters and many 4h chaapters run regular baby-sitting training courses. Certification would demonstrate that you take the job seriously & will know how to avoid pitfalls as well as responsibly take care of any problems which might arise. More importantly, the child will be safer and you will have gained more self confidence. Good luck. ...Read more