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Ventricular Fibrillation: Causes, Symptoms and Management

Ventricular fibrillation is a very serious arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) that can often lead to cardiac arrest, which is highly fatal in individuals. Ventricular fibrillation is a very serious arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is abnormal heart rhythm wherein the heart beat is faster or slower than normal. Heart is the main organ that pumps oxygen-rich blood to […]

Swollen gums

Swollen gums also known as gingivitis refers to the inflammation and irritation of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is normal to have bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria present in the mouth convert sugar, starches or carbohydrates into acids which combine with the bacteria, saliva and food debris to form a persistent coating on the […]

Breathing Aids and Devices For Trained First Aiders

It is very important for first aiders and EMTs to know how to provide basic life support in the absence of any special devices. Establishing and keeping the airway open, providing artificial respiration, and applying CPR can be accomplished without using special equipment. Usually, first aiders initiate basic life support this way. Even though CPR […]

Trichinosis

Trichinosis is a parasitic infection caused by a round worm parasite named trichinella spiralis. The infection is incurred by the consumption of raw meat varieties, raw fresh water seafood, especially game meat and pork. Consumption of contaminated food may allow cysts to hatch in the intestines, within a week. These produce adult worms of 2-4 […]

Have A Safe Summer

Many, if not all, love summertime. The hot summer months are perfect for swimming, but before you head to the beach, river or local pool, it is recommended that you take a short moment to read about water safety. The extensive research-based revisions on the national water safety programs and active education campaigns by various […]

First Aid for Tick Bites

Ticks are small insects that affect the host by transmitting bacteria causing fatal diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease.  The severity of a tick bite ranges from minor, self-treatable conditions to harmful conditions that require immediate medical attention. A person’s chances of incurring disease depend on where he lives, how often he visits […]

First Aid for Rib Fractures

Rib injuries are not very common because ribs are hard to break. The ribs are surrounded by strong muscles making them resistant to damage. However, adults are more susceptible to suffer from rib fractures because unlike them, children have more flexible bones. Most rib injury cases are reported to be due to car accidents; whether […]