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First Aid Refreshers, part 7: Athlete’s Foot

February 29, 2012

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athlete's foot

Our feet are so taken for granted.  They carry us from place to place, support us for long hours of standing, and endure many a painful fashion statement, yet most of the time they do so without major complaint.  When one does get injured, boy are we ever aware of it, though.  On the whole, […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 6: Sprains and Strains

February 14, 2012

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wilderness first aid: strains and sprains

It seems that at some point, just about everyone suffers from a soft tissue injury from either repetitive motion or maybe an accidental twist.  The first time I sprained an ankle was when I was five.  My younger sister had run off across a grocery store and I tore off after her (to tell her […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 5: Serious Burns

February 9, 2012

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Medical first aid for burns

In the last installment of the First Aid Refreshers, I covered minor burns.  This time, I want to look at the more serious ones that will require very careful attention. Types of Burns, continued 3.  Deep (3rd degree) These go beyond the top layer of skin and destroy tissue.  They may leave exposed raw areas […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 4: Minor Burns

January 31, 2012

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treating minor burns with first aid

Thus far in the First Aid Refreshers series, we’ve covered fevers, wound care, and shock.  Those are important topics, but there is another one right up there with those- burns. Our lives are pretty comfortable right now.  We have the convenience of electric heat, stoves/ovens, and so on.  If we are building a fire, it […]

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Baking Soda: Another Wonder Substance

January 13, 2012

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uses of baking soda

A while back, I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of vinegar.  I want to focus some attention on another inexpensive multipurpose agent-  sodium bicarbonate. Nearly everyone has a box or two of this humble stuff hanging around.  You probably have one in the pantry and maybe another in the fridge to keep it from […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 2: Wound Care

December 1, 2011

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Bandaging a wound

There are certain number of cuts, scrapes, and bruises that are a part of everyone’s life.  We rarely think much about them, unless it is one of our children crying with a boo-boo.  Then we may soothe the tears with a Scooby-Doo bandage and pat them on the head. Usually, this works out alright and […]

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First Aid Refresher: Working with Your Body, part 1

November 16, 2011

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first aid kit

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I can forget in the intervals between using my knowledge.  “Red then yellow, kill a fellow” or was it “black then yellow…” for a coral snake?   Another amusing example came as a friend of mine quoted again recently, “It’s those intervening years between babies that […]

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