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Rod Brouhard, EMT  P

Updated Articles and Resources

By Rod Brouhard, EMT P

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How to Assess a Stroke Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      When you believe you or someone else might be having a stroke: Think FAST!
    • First Aid Phraseology: Emergencies Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Emergencies: How can you tell if it's really bad enough for an ambulance?
    • First Aid Phraseology: Lacerations or Incisions Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Not that it matters when you're bleeding to death, but what is the difference between a laceration and an incision?
    • Burned Surface Area Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Measuring the size of a burn is difficult because every person is different in size, shape and weight. A square foot of burned surface area is much worse to a person who weighs 130 pounds than it is to someone who weighs 200 pounds.
    • How to Tell It's NOT a Brown Recluse Created: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Use these steps and pictures to rule out 99% of the spiders that aren't brown recluses.
    • Rashes Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to t...
    • Good Samaritan Laws Created: Friday, March 31, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Good Samaritan laws protect the general public from undue liability during good faith rescue/first aid attempts. Also: Tips for staying out of court.
    • Too Much Sun Exposure Created: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Spending too much time in the sun can have serious repercussions. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn are all problems.
    • What If Blood Pressure is Too High or Too Low? Created: Thursday, November 30, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Measuring blood pressure at home leads to questions about odd readings. You may wonder what to do if you get a particularly high reading (hypertension) - or a particularly low one (hypotension). The answer is definitely: it depends.
    • Coughing Facts Created: Friday, November 14, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Coughing is a way to clear your trachea (airway) of fluid, food, particles or irritants. Grunting, coughing and clearing your throat are all essentially the same action.
    • How Can I Tell if Someone is Short of Breath? Created: Monday, January 28, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Victims of shortness of breath look like they've just finished running uphill. Still, the way to really tell if someone is having trouble breathing is to ask him. Regardless of the cause of shortness of breath, the only way for the body to get more oxygen is to get more air.
    • What's the Difference Between a Heart Attack and a Stroke? Created: Friday, April 11, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Brain attack or AMI? Whatever terms you use, one is in the brain and the other is in the heart. Learn the difference between a heart attack and a stroke.
    • Broken Ribs Created: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Learn how to recognize broken ribs, what to expect and when to seek help.
    • Consent Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Believe it or not, just because a person has sustained a life-threatening injury doesn't mean he wants your help. In fact, you could be breaking the law.
    • First Aid Phraseology: Venomous or Poisonous Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      What's the difference between venomous and poisonous? Does it matter if you're still dead?
    • First Aid Phraseology: Emergency Room or Emergency Department Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      Does it really matter? Don't they all provide the same care -- or not?
    • Head Lice Treatment Created: Thursday, June 19, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Pictorial showing head lice treatment. How to recognize nits, apply shampoo and comb nits away. Head lice aren't as scary as our parents thought they were. Getting rid of head lice shouldn't be too...
    • Can I do CPR if I don't have a CPR certification? Created: Monday, May 04, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      The idea of being CPR certified can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. Learning CPR is not the same thing as getting a CPR certification, but is the card all that important? Can you still do CPR if you don't have a CPR certification?
    • Mosquito Bites Created: Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Treatment for the itching of mosquito bites and the signs of deadly infections to beware of.
    • Shingles Created: Friday, May 27, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Shingles is an inflammation of nerves caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox. Learn about shingles causes, symptoms and treatment.
    • Cold Sweats Created: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      "Cold sweats" refers to sudden sweating that doesn't come from heat or exertion. The medical term for cold sweats is diaphoresis. Cold sweats come from the body's response to stress, called a fight...
    • Shortness of Breath Treatment Created: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The treatment of shortness of breath is specific for each cause. In many cases, the only way to treat shortness of breath is to call 911 or take the victim to a doctor or emergency department for e...
    • Things You Should Know About the ER Created: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The emergency room is filled with people who don't have medical emergencies. If they'd read this, maybe they wouldn't have come.
    • 2010 CPR Guidelines Created: Friday, October 16, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The American Heart Association issues new guidelines for CPR and ECC based on the latest research. The latest CPR guidelines came out in 2005. The 2010 CPR Guidelines should have some interesting c...
    • Dehydration Symptoms Created: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.
    • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Created: Sunday, May 28, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Carbon monoxide is a nearly undetectable gas capable of being deadly, even in very small amounts. Treatment requires emergency services or a visit to the emergency department. Recognizing carbon mo...
    • Learning First Aid Created: Monday, January 22, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      How much first aid training do you need? Learning first aid may seem daunting with all the choices out there. Take the first aid course that's right for you.
    • Surviving Power Outages Created: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The safety of our food and water depends on a stable energy supply. Knowing how to stay safe during a power outage is essential in our modern world.
    • First Aid Kits Created: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      First aid kits are not hard to make. It's a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand. Here are the contents you should keep in your first aid kit.
    • The Difference Between an EMT and a Paramedic Created: Friday, August 18, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The media regularly interchanges the terms "EMT" and "paramedic" in stories.What's the difference? Understand the differences and the similarities between paramedics and EMTs.
    • Diarrhea Created: Friday, September 22, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Diarrhea is loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day. It usually goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other proble...
    • Aspiration Created: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Aspiration is a term heard often in medical settings. It means different things depending on whether the patient is doing it or the doctor.

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