Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Comfort Comes in Many Forms

    A Colorado girl got a nice surprise after she woke up from having surgery for a cochlear implant. Young Madelyn had brought her favorite doll with her to the hospital for comfort, and she awoke to find that her plastic friend was wearing a matching head bandage to hers. Madelyn’s mother had only nice things to say about the hospital staff’s caring and attention to detail. To learn more about Madelyn and her friend, read on at


  • AED used by WebMD employees to save one of their Crew!

    Ken Esmark, , WebMD's Director of Web Services, was saved by his coworkers and their quick thinking and use of a nearby AED! Watch the VIDEO
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    Every business and public place should have an AED... check out the National AED grant program!

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  • Back to Basics

    First aid skills can seem intimidating when you begin to pursue more advanced treatments. CPR, tourniquets, and other emergency medical skills can be tough to

    First Aid Tools & Medical Instruments

    remember as they will hopefully go unused for as long as possible. Because of how common simple cuts and abrasions can be, sometimes the basic skills end up being even more important. Learn the proper way to treat and bandage a simple cut from Page McGroarty of eHow.


  • First Aid Kits Save Lives

    Having a first aid kit around may seem like an afterthought to most people, and it may sit neglected and unattended to for years.

    First Aid Kits Keep a fully stocked First Aid Kit nearby

    However, an Australian mother is urging people to keep them close by and up-to-date after she saved hers saved her son’s life in an emergency. To learn more about what happened to young Zephaniah Tapara, and how the home first aid kit made the difference, read Yahoo News Australia.


  • First Aid Skills: Child CPR

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a basic first aid skill that everyone should know. However, did you know that even if you’ve learned how to administer CPR on an adult, you be unprepared to help a child in an emergency? Learn what makes CPR for children different, and the proper way to administer it from this article by wikiHow.


  • Disaster Preparedness: Hurricanes

    With changing weather patterns bringing larger storms farther north than has been commonly experienced, hurricanes have become a bigger concern than ever for many. In the aftermath of recent Hurricane Sandy, disaster preparedness has become more relevant than ever before. If you live in a coastal region that is at risk for hurricanes, even if the risk is minor, it would be wise to read up on emergency preparedness and response tips. The Center for Disease Control offers a great guide on everything you need to know to be ready if the unthinkable happens.


  • Safety Kits for All Occasions

    The first aid kit is not the only type of kit you should have on hand. There are numerous occasions when a particular kind of kit may be necessary. First aid kits should be handy when someone is hurt. Disaster kits should be handy when a tornado or other natural disaster hits. CPR kits should be kept in your car in case you’re out and someone needs CPR performed. There are so many different kinds of valuable kits that one should make sure to have in case a situation arises and there is an emergency. You don’t have to buy each of the kits separately. You can simply find out what’s in them and purchase the necessary items separately if you wish. Here’s a look at what is in each of them:

    First Aid Kits

    A first aid kit is one of the most basic types you should have available. If someone is sick or hurt, a first aid kit would be good to have. The first thing this kit will include is bandages. These will be important if someone has either a simple minor cut, or a deeper wound that will need bandaging up. There will normally also be towelettes or alcohol cleansing pads. This is necessary to properly clean a cut to keep it from becoming infected. Some gloves should be included as well, along with some medicine, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and even non-aspirin tablets for those who may be allergic to it. Most times you will find a small pair of scissors in the kit as well so that you can easily cut the bandages. You can build your own first aid kit and include whatever items you think would be helpful during an emergency.

    Disaster Kits

    A natural disaster can strike at any time, and you want to be prepared in case it ever happens. Say you are trapped and have no means of getting anywhere to get the supplies that you need. It would be good to have a backpack with you that contains some vital tools and other items that would be helpful in the face of a disaster. Water is one of the most important things that you should have. You can go a while without food, but your body cannot last long without any water. Food would be good to include as well, though. Things like granola bars and energy bars should be included since they are small and will give you the boost of energy you need when you consume them. There should also be some sort of all-purpose knife that has a knife blade, tweezers, scissors, and that sort of stuff. A signaling whistle is incredibly important as well, so that you can blow the whistle if you are trapped and hopefully be heard. A thermal blanket, set of gloves, and things that can help keep you warm are necessary as well.

    CPR Kits

    If you ever need to perform CPR on someone, it would be good to have a CPR kit on hand. These kits will often include gloves. You never know who it is that you are performing CPR on, so you might want to put the gloves on first before you come in contact with them. They could be contagious for all you know. That is why there is also a face-shield with valve and antimicrobial wipes as well that kill off germs. The kit will include biohazard bags that you can put all of the stuff in once it is used. It is a good idea to get CPR certified and have one of these kits handy. You never know when you might need it.

    Auto Survival Kits

    In case you are ever in a car accident and trapped in your vehicle, it is good to have an auto survival kit. Anything necessary for your car should be included, such as jumper cables. You will also want to have a flashlight handy so that you can see if it is dark outside. A blanket would be good to keep with the kit if you end up having to spend the night in your car. Some sort of utility knife would be good in case you need to cut your seat belt if it is stuck or use it for something else. You never know when something unthinkable like this may happen, so it’s important to have a kit prepared and in your car, ready to go if it ever does.

    All of these kits are equally important, and really should be kept in a number of places. You for sure want to have an auto survival kit in your car, but you should also include the CPR, first aid, and disaster supplies with it as well. A first aid kit, disaster kit, and even CPR kit would be good to keep in your house as well. If you have a certain location where you know you would go in case of an emergency, there should be kits there too. You want to be prepared no matter what happens, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Having multiple kits in multiple places will ensure that you’re never without when the time comes when it’s actually needed.

  • Summary of Posts: March 10th 2013

    We covered a lot this cycle in FirstAidMart. From disaster preparedness tips for tornadoes, to an introduction to a medical technology that is giving ordinary people the power to save lives, the topics this time around are great!

    • Have you ever been at the scene of an emergency and wished there was more you could do to help? Dr. Marie Pasinski at the Huffington Post talks all about AEDs, an automated defibrillator that can be used by an ordinary person to administer treatment during a cardiac emergency.
    • The Red Cross offers numerous classes on a wide range of subjects. From disaster preparedness to wilderness first aid, learn about which classes may be taught near you from this eHow post by Adrienne Davis.
    • CPR is a valuable first aid skill that every person should know. Learn step-by-step how to do it from this article on wikiHow.
    • Kids are a parent’s most valuable possession, and all parents should know first aid basics to be able to help their child in an emergency. The Northern Star has an article about a paramedic couple in Australia who have started teaching a course for parents for just that reason.
    • Not everyone lives in an area where tornadoes are a danger, but for those who do, the CDC offers a great website on how to prepare for the unthinkable.
    • To close out the cycle, we took a closer look at how modern medical technology is empowering ordinary people with the extraordinary ability to save lives. What is an AED, and in which situations can it mean the difference between life and death?
  • The Marvels of Modern Medicine

    Breakthroughs in medical science don’t happen on a regular basis, and certainly not by the month or year. It can take decades for a new technology to be conceptualized, developed, tested, and finally brought to bear in patient care. One of these breakthroughs has become mainstream in the last five to ten years though, and it has been the difference between life and death for countless people struck by a cardiac emergency.

    The technology is the automated external defibrillator (AED), and it has taken the lifesaving power of the defibrillator out of the emergency room, and put it into the hands of ordinary people at the scene of an emergency. Dr. Marie Pasinski shared in an article for the Huffington Post a story of an AED in action, and how it saved a young woman’s life when she had a cardiac arrest in a hotel lobby. In a pre-AED world, onlookers would have been relatively powerless to help the collapsed woman. All that could have be done was to dial 911 and wait for help to arrive. Now, with AEDs becoming more and more commonplace in office buildings, schools, and other public locations, a bystander can follow the simple instructions on the small package and potentially save a life.

  • Disaster Preparedness: Tornadoes

    If you live in a region that experiences tornadoes, it is important to have an understanding of the danger they pose and the steps you can take to be prepared for them. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great website for getting the 4-1-1 on tornado warning signs, how to prepare, and what to do if the unthinkable happens and you find yourself caught in one.


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