First Aid Magazine — Emergency & 1st Aid

Information how to prepare yourself for any situation that required fast and accurate reaction.

Prevent Fireworks Injuries

In a week, the Fourth of July will be here. And for many kids, that means fireworks.

Fireworks were special for me and my friends growing up. Now, as I watch kids at fireworks displays, from small community gatherings to those at the Washington Monument, the looks of awe and wonderment remind me of many years in my past.

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Preventing Heat Stroke

The need to hydrate yourself is critical. If you are an athlete, it can literally mean life or death. This is a tragic story of a young girl, whose life ended due to an unbelievably preventable accident.

Terrie Jean Cate died (or as her Mother put it, “was killed”) on August 22, 1992, while undertaking the opening day’s 6-mile training run she had prepared for all summer. It was the inauguration of her freshman soccer season at UC Irvine.

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No Medicine First Aid

They may know all about high-tech treatments, but these M.D.s can’t resist a few do-it-yourself cures.

White Out a Burn. After cooling a minor burn with cold running water, apply a thin layer of egg whites to the area and let it dry, says Steven Rosenblatt, M.D., a physician on staff at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. The egg’s proteins speed healing; reapply daily. Read the rest of this entry »

Insomnia Relief, Headache Stoppers and No-Medicine First Aid

Can’t sleep? Join the other 43 percent of Americans who have trouble. Though the standard treatments usually combine behavioral therapy with medication, says doctor, director of the Stanford Center for Human Sleep Research, there are several nondrug alternatives that may also help.

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Bug Bites

We all know how many bugs out there do a great job biting our skin. The more painful and dangerous ones are the bees. If you are stung, use a meat tenderizer, a baking soda paste, or ice to help the sting to resolve. This sting can take as long as 2 weeks to resolve totally. Read the rest of this entry »

First Aid for Kids

Oftentimes children are out playing, riding bikes or even camping when someone gets hurt. The victim might be another kid or an adult, and with some basic skills you can help the person who has been injured. By using your skills until medical help arrives you may be able to save someone’s life.

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Spider Bites

I have been bitten by a spider, and I can tell you that what most people think is a spider bite, isn’t. A little itchy red bump – that’s not a spider bite; that’s a mosquito bite. How about a white, searing hot, prickly bump the size of a tennis ball? Yeah, that sounds about right. Here’s what you should do if you’ve been bitten.

If I got an itchy red bump on my skin that felt like a mosquito bite, but it was the middle of winter and I couldn’t remember being bitten, people would invariably tell me, “Oh, it’s just a spider bite. No big deal.” I never believed them, and you shouldn’t either.
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First Aid Kits. Review

There is never a good time to get sick or injured, and if you have children, then you know that they somehow have the innate ability to get hurt at the worst possible moment. Often the difference between being “lucky” or not is being prepared.

One of the best things you can do help yourself be “lucky” is have a first aid kit. If you have a kit take a look at it. Have all the items been used and all that’s left are a couple Band-Aids? Is the kit from your grand father’s experience in World War II? Or may be you’ve never got around to putting a kit together?

Well, here are some helpful ideas that could be potentially lifesaving. First, the supplies should be kept in a convenient place in your home, and all family members old enough to use them should know where they are. Remember to try and keep those items in a separate box so they don’t get used for other purposes. In addition, some items in the first aid kit are potentially dangerous for children, so keeping the box locked or out of reach is also a good idea. Read the rest of this entry »