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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

You as an untrained bystander can do little to nothing. Professionally trained paramedics could (as an example) pull the leg and thus remove tension between two bone membranes (periostei) and in a ...
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How can CPR breathing be made less off-putting

That problem is already solved for you, at least in the US. Current guidelines issued by the American Heart Association no longer require rescue breathing. Chest compressions alone are now the ...
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Fact or Hoax : Unconventional method of saving human life from stroke?

My Grandmother died of a ischemic stroke (TIA followed by blockage) after weaning herself off of blood thinners because she didn't "need the medicine". Huge issue with his advice - the large majority ...
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Can a otherwise healthy person request a "do not resuscitate" order?

The MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form is an update to the non-hospital DNR, which as you saw in a previous answer has very stringent (and frankly unrealistic) requirements. ...
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Basic CPR practice without a dummy

With a very small budget If you do not want to spend any (or very little) money on it, I recommend filling a small garbage bag with wet sand and then placing a cushion or pillow over it. I'm guessing ...
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What should be done if a person is stabbed?

If the weapon is still in the wound : don't touch anything and call the appropriate emergency system (varies from country to country). Never attempt to remove any penetrating object still in situ ...
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Why do we continue compressions after the first AED shock?

The only thing that keeps a patient in cardiac arrest alive is constant, high-quality chest compression. Cardioversion ("shocking") of a patient aims to return the heart to normal (sinus) rhythm in ...
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Dealing with heat strokes

For starters, make sure you or someone close by is calling for an ambulance, because you need that more advanced help started in your direction ASAP. Get the person out of the heat, into air ...
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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

So let's assume you're speaking of a large bone, like the arm (humerus, radius or ulna) or leg (femur, tibia or fibula), but not the skull, spine or pelvis. A good rule of thumb: the larger the bone, ...
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Removing an impaled object without a doctor

According to a reputable wilderness rescue training organization, these are the guidelines taught in wilderness medicine that you should follow for impalements: Core impalement. Impalements to the ...
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Why do we continue compressions after the first AED shock?

There are several studies that emphasize the importance of providing rapid and deep compressions and that CPR should resume immediately after the shock given by the AED, without the delay entailed in ...
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Can I save road accident victims with my bare hands?

In short, the answer (regarding diseases) is yes. Anytime you deal with blood or other bodily fluid, you risk catching a variety of diseases. The risk is compounded if you are not wearing proper ...
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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

It all depends on the bone that is (or might be) broken, and on the overall condition of the patient. Call an ambulance for a fractured skull, vertebra or hip. Call an ambulance for open fractures (...
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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

If both legs are OK and there is no way they could have a spinal injury, you may well find it is quicker to get them to hospital in your car. Drive very slowly over bumps and around corners, do not ...
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Put a finger in it? When is it appropriate to stop a bleed with your finger?

Putting your fingers in a wound is going to inflict severe pain on the casualty. There are ways you can apply direct pressure on an arterial wound, even if it is on the upper thigh. It is possible ...
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How can CPR breathing be made less off-putting

The British came across this exact problem. CPR was seen as a tricky business, especially when it was considered complicated and might involve mouth-to-mouth. Their solution was (as Carey Gregory ...
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First aid for minor burns

Your manual is doing well despite its old age, but: Nowadays, we no longer apply ice though, just water: Do not use ice to cool a burn. Ice can cause frostbite very quickly when used on a burn ...
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First aid for minor burns

Burn treatment has changed over the years. When I was in the USMC Air Wing many decades ago, I suffered some pretty bad burns on both hands by trying to push a jet engine starter (turbine engine) with ...
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Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for small wounds?

I think alcohol is better than peroxide for the reasons stated above. Nevertheless, from an evidence stand-point, there is no really strong evidence for basically any solution over the other or even ...
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How effective is a „wrong-way“ rescue blanket?

Apparently, the difference is not very severe: Die Regel: Kälteschutz: Silberseite nach innen, Sonnenschutz: Silberseite nach außen wird auch von Herstellern angegeben. Jedoch ist der Unterschied in ...
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Can a otherwise healthy person request a "do not resuscitate" order?

If an otherwise healthy person has a do not resuscitate order and has a heart attack and the ambulance comes, will they just let him die like that? Or is do not resuscitate only applicable to ...
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If a person has lockjaw, what disease is he or she suffering from?

Your question is unclear. But I (and with me some others) think you are referring to Tetanus. Tetanus is caused by Clostridium tetani, bacteria found in street dirt and animal dung (for example ...
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Disinfectant spray in first aid kit for cycling and hiking?

In Germany, first-aiders may not apply medication: Medication in general mustn't be applied by first-aiders. This also encompasses cases in which a customer in a pharmacy suffers from an asthma ...
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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

If you are untrained on this subject matter, the best practise is to do nothing about the fracture.* Even most certified first aiders are not trained to handle broken bones. *By nothing I don't ...
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Why does distilled Water have First Aid instructions in case of contact with eyes or mouth?

The comment from @Carey Gregory is certainly correct. But why? Well, corporate attorneys have a responsibility to protect the corporation from lawsuits, even the frivolous, ridiculous, in complete ...
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Why can't you wash an amputated finger

So, immediately after a finger amputation has occured, your first steps in terms of providing first aid are going to be ensure the scene is safe and that there are no additional life threats to the ...
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Can a otherwise healthy person request a "do not resuscitate" order?

If the person has a valid out of hospital DNR order, then that person should not be resuscitated if they experience a cardio respiratory arrest. In that case the person clearly is not healthy. The ...
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What to do if someone breaks a bone?

From personal experience I can definitely attest that a person with a broken arm can indeed (under reasonable circumstances) hobble to a car and be driven to the hospital (not sure which department, ...
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