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Understanding Tetanus

Tetanus is a life threatening infection which is caused by a bacterium present in the soil, named Clostridium tetani. The bacterium usually infects a person by entering his wound, where the bacterium proliferates and produces toxins that are detrimental to the human health. The toxin then deposits in the nerves causing severe nerve muscle spasms. The toxin travels via the ... Read More »

More Things You Should Know About CPR

CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a basic life support procedure that is used when a person’s heart and lungs has suddenly stopped. Most people have seen CPR only in movies or television shows. Rarely can you see it in an actual scene of emergency, unless you work in a hospital or have attended a first aid training course. When performing ... Read More »

Bleeding under the nail

Bleeding under the nail or subungual hematoma is often caused by crush injuries. Bleeding under the nail is usually a mild condition that can be treated at home unless you suspect that there might by a bone injury or damage involving the nail bed or surrounding tissues. Bruising, swelling, strains and sprains are topics covered in St Mark James training ... Read More »

Disaster Preparedness With Your Pet

Pets are part of the family. They enrich our lives in in many ways. As a responsible pet owner, it is our task to make sure that they are healthy and safe. Like humans, animals are also vulnerable to disasters. When a disaster strikes, animals can be significantly affected. It is not uncommon for pets to get left out and ... Read More »

First Aid For An Unconscious Victim

If you are the first one to arrive in a scene of accident and you find an unconscious victim lying on the ground, do you know what to do? Incidents that involve unconscious victims are particularly difficult to deal with. Many would scream and panic at the sight of an unconscious person. It is important to remember that the first ... Read More »

First Aid for Strokes

A stroke occurs when the normal blood flow to your brain is obstructed by plaque or a blood clot in the artery which causes the artery to rupture due to the increasing pressure of the incoming blood flow. After a few minutes of being oxygen deprived, the brain cells receiving blood from the artery that is ruptured begin to die. ... Read More »