Infections and Chest Injuries

First Aid Regina can offer you or your business workplace approved AED CPR training courses/recertifications. First Aid Regina proudly offers the largest amount of workplace approved first aid and CPR re-certification courses.

Infections are easily preventable if you always wash your hands. Wear gloves when treating someone who may come in contact with body fluids. Always use sterile dressings when taking care of a wound. Keep your immunizations in order and if you get wounded but have not received a tetanus shot within the past 5 years then seek medication attention. Signs/symptoms of infection include (but are not limited to) redness, pus/yellow discharge, tenderness, swelling or red streaks moving away from the wound. If a person has problems with breathing then they must seek immediate medical attention. Apply wound dressing that blocks air flow such as plastic wrap. Allow one side to remain open to let air escape. A blast injury is caused by debris thrown from the blast, being thrown from the blast, or shock wave to lungs/abdominal area. If one experiences a blast injury then call EMS immediately, suspect and treat a head/spinal injury, monitor their ABC’s and then treat for shock. Pneumothorax and hemothorax are conditions where air enters the chest cavity from an area caused by a wound but does not enter the lung. As a result, air from the chest cavity presses against the lung and then making it collapse. Hemothorax is when blood fills the chest area but does not enter the lung. The blood in the person’s chest puts pressure on the lung failing it to expand. A flail chest is when the chest wall is unstable from fractures of the breastbone, cartilage connecting the ribs to the breastbone or their ribs. In order to prevent chest injuries, one must practice safe and attention operations whether it be driving, recreational activities, working and following all safety guidelines provided by work and heavy machinery. For additional information or to register for workplace approved CPR AED training courses or to recertify, please contact First Aid Regina.

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