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Accidents and emergencies tend to occur during the most inopportune time. When you least expect it, someone gets seriously hurt or placed in a life-threatening situation. When not treated promptly, fatalities can occur. Fortunately, such grim scenario can be prevented with basic first aid training, along with the availability of the essential first aid supplies.
Benefits of Nitrile gloves over Latex Gloves
In many industries today, protecting the skin is of paramount importance. Depending upon the profession in question, the reasons may be to prevent the spread of disease, protect skin from caustic chemicals or to protect sensitive equipment from the natural oils and bacteria that normally coat the hands. Due to the need for gloves to be replaced on a regular basis, along with concerns about communicable diseases, disposable gloves are generally preferred. Among doctors, dentists, various technical professions and lab researchers, latex and nitrile gloves tend to be the preference for first aid supplies. Both gloves offer a degree of flexibility that is difficult to match, as well as various degrees of sensitivity, durability and protection.
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If you are an avid traveler, there are certain first aid tips that you should know. You may not me a doctor, but having the appropriate level of first aid supplies and training can be quite handy during emergencies. The Lonely Planet’s Book of Everything provided some first aid tips that you’ll certainly find useful. Check the link below for the full list of tips. First aid is actually based on a few simple principles: saving lives, prevention of further harm and promotion of speedy recovery.
Authorities are urging Central Coast residents to learn CPR and do a first aid course following a series of drownings in the region. Paramedics have responded to three drowning incidents and seven near drownings since December 19. A 62-year-old man reportedly drowned in Patonga while a three-year-old girl was resuscitated on New Year’s Day in Avoca Beach. Three days later, a one-year-old boy almost drowned in a backyard pool at Umina Beach. On January 6, a man managed to resuscitate his two-year-old granddaughter after finding her face down in a pool at Patonga. Paramedic and acting station officer at Ettalong Beach David Morris raised concerns about the incidents, adding that the three children were lucky to have survived although things could have gone terribly wrong if CPR hadn’t been performed. In light of the recent developments, Mr. Morris stressed the importance of CPR and having the appropriate level of first aid supplies and training. For those without formal training who happen to get caught up in an emergency, call Triple 0 and the skilled call takers will help in handling the situation.
As of mid 2012 the Asthma Foundation began advocating that all children’s services and schools begin a policy of only using single use asthma spacers for each person which is aimed at reducing the risk of infection. This new policy applies to all community setting such as asthma emergency kits, asthma training courses and all clinical settings.
Although it is sometimes mixed up with heart attacks, cardiac arrest is more a symptom than a medical condition in its own right. Heart attacks occur when blood is blocked from being pumped through the heart, which causes the muscle cells to die and can lead to eventual cardiac arrest. In contrast, cardiac arrest describes all incidences where the heart ceases to beat. Although heart attacks are a significant source of cardiac arrests, so too is the condition called ventricular fibrillation.
People who undergo ventricular fibrillation experience cardiac arrest because their ventricles begin to twitch rather than continue contracting in a coordinated manner. As a result, blood is no longer pumped throughout their bodies, which means that their brains and other organs begin shutting down. Untreated, even the twitching characteristic to ventricular fibrillation will cease in short order, causing the people caught in a state of cardiac arrest to perish. Although ventricular fibrillation tends to strike older individuals, there is no demographic that is exempt from its spectre.
Under the guise of wanting to be a champion of creating safer workplaces for Australians, Julia Gillard set out to establish an entity for her then client and partner, union boss Bruce Wilson. Many believed that the formal application would free up resources for things like first aid supplies, first aid training and other job-related health and safety measures and services, but it would come out much later that the entity was not actually set up for this purpose. Three years later, during an internal investigation, the partners of her law firm found out that the entity was being used as a “slush fund” to raise cash for the re-election of certain union officials. The truth had come out when Ms Gillard was forced to admit the true purpose of the entity following a very serious allegation that the entity had been used by Mr Wilson to misappropriate hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In response to four deaths occurring on ACT work sites since December, the ACT Government has finally decided to push ahead with an investigation into the civil and construction sector regarding workplace safety. In the hopes of preventing further deaths or injuries — especially on construction sites — the Government has also hired former public service commissioner Lynelle Briggs to take the lead on the independent inquiry. Attorney-General Simon Corbell is unimpressed with the number of deaths and injuries that have occurred, especially with three of them occurring on construction sites. He said: “This inquiry is designed to get to the bottom of those issues and to make recommendations to the Government on how we can further improve work health and safety here in the ACT.” Having an emergency first aid kit on site is the first step in the plan, but the inquiry will need to go much deeper. It is expected that the inquiry panel will discuss its findings with the Attorney-General in November.
In the Victorian suburb of Pakenham, a plumber was connecting a sewer on a housing construction site when a trench collapsed in on him. Even though a colleague was able to raise the alarm for help in time, the incident serves as a strong reminder for construction professionals about the dangers associated with trenches. Allan Beacom, a WorkSafe Victoria construction manager, said that the worker was very lucky to have a colleague nearby, because trench collapses can cause asphyxia, broken arms and legs, and crush injuries. To warn about the dangers of trenches, Beacom says, “Poor soil stability and loose earth places workers at greater risk of serious injury if a trench is a metre or more deep. We urge those who are putting together a safe work method statement to take these factors into account.” To prevent injuries associated with trenches, workers should ensure that a colleague is on sight at all times when the work is being performed, that materials are kept away from the edge of the trench, and first aid equipment should be nearby at all times.