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Burns are injuries which are predominantly to the skin and superficial tissues (adipose). Burns can be caused by several external factors such as the sun, fire, hot materials and even extremely cold materials. In extreme cases, burns can even affect the bones through high voltage electrical injury. Assessment: The severity of the burn is assessed […]

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What is a ‘Brain Attack’?

Strokes and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are caused by a rupture of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) or thromboembolism (ischemic stroke) in the Circle of Willis (blood supply for the brain). This occlusion or rupture ultimately leads to a lack of blood and subsequently reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the tissue distally to the […]

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What is Hypoglycemia?

Causes of the Condition: Hypoglycemia is a clinical syndrome where low plasma glucose concentrations lead to signs and symptoms which can be completely resolved when plasma glucose concentration is increased. There are several causes depending on whether the patient is diabetic or non-diabetic. Diabetic patients require manual administration of insulin subcutaneously to keep blood sugar […]

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The Ins & Outs of Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. 1 in 9 Australians reported having Asthma throughout 2014-15. In 2015, there were approximately 421 deaths due to Asthma in Australia. Cause of the Condition: Asthma is initially caused from a bronchial spasm and an increase in mucus production within the airways. This causes the smooth […]

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The First Aid Kit Essentials

In this day and age, everyone should have a simple First Aid Kit in their household. Don’t be alarmed though, as it doesn’t have to be an expensive¬†kit which meets every health and safety standard across the country! Your First Aid Kit should be equipped to treat abrasions, burns, soft tissue injuries, eye injuries and […]

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The Top 5 First AID Myths

First Aid is a subject which everyone should have at least some idea about. After all, someone close to you, could be the next person to require help in an emergency situation. Here is a list of five common fallacies in First Aid treatment: 1. “If someone is having a seizure I should put something […]

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