Category: CPR Blog

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How to Pass Your ACLS Exam / Test

The following tips will help you memorize key pieces of information when taking the ACLS exam as part of your ACLS certification or recertification process. Many students are nervous about the practical assessments involved in the...

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What is ACLS Certification?

ACLS stands for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. ACLS Certification is required for healthcare professionals who participate in or direct the management of cardiopulmonary emergencies.  While first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are important first-response...

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How to Recognize Agonal Breathing

Agonal breathing occurs in the first few seconds to minutes following a sudden cardiac arrest. First aiders and first responders should be trained in how to recognize agonal breathing. Up to 40% of cardiac...

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Can CPR Cause a Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)?

A pneumothorax, also known as a collapsed lung, occurs when the lung separates from the inner chest wall. This causes the lung to collapse. A pneumothorax can be life-threatening as the lung is no...

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Can CPR Cause Internal Bleeding?

Candidates on CPR training courses often ask about the potential dangers and risks of performing CPR on a victim. One common question is can CPR cause internal bleeding? The short answer is yes –...

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Where to Perform Chest Compressions during CPR

Correct hand position is vital when performing chest compressions as part of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Chest compressions need to be performed in the right place in order to be effective. Incorrect hand position is...

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When Should CPR be Performed on a Victim?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving first aid technique used to help a victim suffering from a cardiac arrest. High-quality CPR greatly improves the victim’s chances of survival from the cardiac arrest, especially when...

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How to Spot Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) binds more strongly to red blood cells than oxygen. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning are therefore starved of oxygen need for vital organs such as the heart and brain. Unlike other...

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First Aid Management of an Asthma Attack

Asthma is a common respiratory problem affecting approximately 5% of the population. People of all ages are affected. Each year thousands of people die from acute asthma and many of these deaths are preventable....

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How to Recognize a Stroke and TIA

The term stroke is applied to the sudden blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Without a constant blood supply, brain cells will be damaged or destroyed within minutes. Stroke is...