Author: John

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A complete guide to Anaphylaxis first aid

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate and urgent medical attention. Anaphylaxis occurs after exposure to an...

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How do chest compressions work?

Chest compressions are the most important component of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), but how exactly do they work? When someone suffers a cardiac arrest the heart stops pumping blood around the body. Blood carries oxygen which...

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When should you stop doing CPR on a victim?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is often performed by first aiders or lay rescuers before the arrival of further medical care. In order for CPR to be effective, it should be performed continuously until a defibrillator arrives...

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What is ACLS certification?

Advanced cardiac life support, abbreviated as ACLS, is a medical approach that is used in the provision of care to patients who have suffered stroke or cardiac arrests. Many medical professionals would also tell...

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Can you do ACLS recertification online?

There are a few basic points to cover when beginning to explain this topic. The first and generally most important point to consider is that of skills testing (i.e. testing done in a real-world...

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What does CAB stand for in CPR?

CAB is an acronym used in CPR training. it stands for Compressions, Airway, Breathing and is taught on American Heart Association (AHA) CPR courses. The CAB acronym is designed to emphasise the importance of quality chest compressions over the...

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American Heart Association Heartsaver practice test

Are you preparing for an American Heart Association Heartsaver test/exam? We’ve got a range of practice tests which can help you prepare for your Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED course. Our Adult CPR practice test is...

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Common AED questions and answers

Here’s some common questions about the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and our answers.  Why does the victim have to go without CPR for so long while the AED is analyzing and deciding...