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First Aid, First Aid Ottawa, helmets, safety, sports -

Canadians love their outdoor/cold weather activities. Some activities like hockey, skating, skiing/snowboarding do have a higher incidence of head injuries. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about head protection for these sports. For most people this has lead to further confusion about how to protect themselves. The best way to prevent injury is to wear the appropriate gear. For hockey, skating and skiing/snowboarding this includes helmets. Old and young need to wear helmets. When choosing a helmet, style is not the most important part. Look for the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) sticker on your helmet to ensure that...

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First Aid, First Aid Ottawa, Heart Attack, Snow shoveling -

With the arrival of snow shoveling season many suffer a heart attack  while shoveling. Awareness of what to look for is essential for survival. What is a Heart Attack? A Heart occurs when a coronary artery (an artery that supplies the heart itself with blood) is blocked. Without blood and the oxygen within it part of the heart dies. It is possible to survive a heart if a small enough area of the heart is affected. What to look for? Squeezing chest pain Problems breathing Abdominal or back pain (more common in women) Cold, sweaty skin Skin that bluish or...

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First Aid, First Aid Ottawa, Frostbite, Frostnip -

 Recently, Andrew Johnston was on CTV Morning Live to talk about Frostbite. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLb4_V_tYJI&context=C3b606c3ADOEgsToPDskI_BvBaqmZnsGrYyZZ54JHz  

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AED, Baby, choking, CPR -

For First Aid purposes a Baby is considered from birth to one year of age. If a baby is coughing we do not want to interfere with the cough. The cough is best way to clear the obstruction. If the baby cannot make any sounds then we need to step in and assist. If need to perform these techniques (even successfully) it is recommended that you have the baby checked out by a Physician to ensure that the object is still in the baby (even if we got something out). The technique involves 5 back blows followed by 5 chest thrusts which are repeated...

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