Questions tagged [first-aid]

First aid is typically the first care provided to a critically injured or ill patient. This can include controlling substantial bleeding, providing CPR or maintaining the airway of an unconscious patient.

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Can band-aids prevent or reduce acne scar formation?

Can band-aids prevent or reduce acne scar formation? It's known that keeping wounds covered is actually better for healing. Here are the reasons: It keeps our skin cells from drying out so that scabs ...
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Evidence for oxygen renewal during hands-only CPR

I have heard on several occasions anecdotally (e.g. [1]) that hands-only CPR can replace the air in the lungs with new air (with more oxygen) due to the mechanical compression of the rib cage. This ...
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Decorticate or decerebrate response: may the underlying damages be reversible?

Decorticate response (GCS-4:112) or worse, decerebrate response (GCS-5:113), whatever the reason, are a sign of brain damage1. According to the US National Institute of Health: Decorticate posture: "...
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Is it indeed forbidden to clean a rabies wound with alcohol?

I've listen to a lecture of a Russian doctor who said that "it is forbidden to clean a rabies wound with alcholol" ("spirt") as a first treatment, he added that it is possible to disinfect the wound ...
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Mammals instinctively lick their wounds. There are benefits and risks. If your immune system is healthy, is it wise to lick your wounds?

Wikipedia writes: Wound licking is an instinctive response in humans and many other animals to lick an injury. Dogs, cats, small rodents and primates all lick wounds.[1] Saliva contains tissue ...
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Does drinking water increase the risk of shock with an open wound?

First let me explain the scenario: Someone received an open wound, lets assume from a cut so no blunt-forced trauma meaning no reason to suspect internal injuries. The wound is bad enough that serious ...