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Bronchiolitis – winter is coming

2018-05-09T15:02:22+10:00 May 9th, 2018|First Aid Training|

What is bronchiolitis? Bronchiolitis is a viral infection of the small airways in the lungs of babies usually under the age of 6 months. However, sometimes it can happen up to the age of 12 months, and even 3 years of age. This viral infection starts out with the same symptoms as the common cold, [...]

Poisoning

2018-04-04T17:23:40+10:00 April 4th, 2018|First Aid Training|

Did you know that each state has a poison information centre? In Victoria, ours is based at the Austin hospital in Heidelberg. The Victorian Poison Information Centre uses the national poison info line 13 11 26. If you call this number, wherever you are in Australia you will get through to people who can assist [...]

Heart attack vs cardiac arrest

2018-03-26T13:21:44+10:00 March 26th, 2018|First Aid Training|

The difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest can be explained when we have a basic understanding of how the heart works. Heart Attack The heart is a muscle and as such it has its very own blood supply that delivers oxygenated blood. This oxygenated blood is transported to the heart muscle via [...]

How to use an AED – Automated External Defibrillator

2018-03-19T11:18:31+10:00 March 19th, 2018|First Aid Training|

How to use an AED - Automated External Defibrillator An AED, also known as a defib machine, or an automated external defibrillator, saves lives. They are the only thing that can return someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest as a result of their heart going into VF -ventricular fibrillation or VT – ventricular [...]

What happens in a stroke?

2018-03-05T14:05:23+10:00 March 5th, 2018|First Aid Training|

A stroke can occur in 2 different ways: 1) There can either be a blockage in the blood vessels of the brain, or 2) There can be a rupture or leak in the brains blood vessels. In both cases, parts of the brain stop receiving oxygenated blood and key nutrients, increasing the risk of brain [...]