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Rod Brouhard, EMT  P

Updated Articles and Resources

By Rod Brouhard, EMT P

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    • Dangers of Spring Cleaning Created: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Spring cleaning is dangerous. Maybe not as dangerous as skydiving or driving a race car, but in certain cases you can do some real damage spring cleaning.
    • What if the first rescue breath given during CPR does not make the chest rise? Created: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Traditional CPR steps include rescue breathing. The process includes opening the victim's airway and blowing air into the lungs. It sounds simple, but opening the airway can be tricky sometimes. What happens, then, if the chest doesn't rise during a rescue breath?
    • Minor Injuries Created: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Can you treat it yourself or do you need a doctor? Here is how to tell.
    • How to Use a Tourniquet Created: Sunday, April 22, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Tie the tourniquet around the injured arm or leg, several inches above the injury (the part of the limb closer to the heart). If the injury is below the elbow or knee, it may be necessary to tie th...
    • Is it OK to do CPR on an unconscious person who is barely breathing? Created: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Bystanders hesitate to start pushing on the chest of a person gasping for air. So, is it OK to do CPR on an unconscious person who is gasping for air?
    • Greatest First Aid Myths Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      It's time to dispel some of the most common myths in first aid lore. Read on to see the worst first aid ideas, demystified with the correct response to each emergency.
    • Who sets the minimum standards for CPR training? Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Is it OSHA or someone else who sets the standards for training workers in CPR? Are there any standards at all?
    • Can my old, defunct cell phone still call 911? Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How old can a cell phone be and still call 911? Can it be really old technology?
    • What is the Best Type of CPR Mask for Giving Mouth-to-Mouth? Created: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What's the best type of barrier device a lay rescuer should use when doing mouth-to-mouth - a flat plastic barrier or a mask? Get the inside scoop on CPR barrier devices and why they can be important when performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
    • How to Buddy Tape a Finger Created: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Buddy taping is a way to immobilize finger sprains and mild fractures without going to the doctor.
    • How To Treat Hyperventilation Syndrome Created: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Hyperventilation syndrome is not life-threatening, but can lead to a significant decrease in carbon dioxide. Here's how to treat it.
    • Elastic Bandages Created: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Elastic bandages do a good job of compressing a new injury, however, there's a limit to how long you should compress an injury.
    • Agonal Respirations Created: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      These irregular, gasping breaths are seen during cardiac arrest. They do not provide enough oxygen to the body and are equivalent to not breathing at all.
    • Signs of Death Created: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      There's no such thing as symptoms of death. To figure out which victims are just too dead to be saved, emergency responders look for signs of death.
    • How to Control Bleeding Created: Monday, March 13, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Most bleeding can be controlled before the ambulance gets there. Here are the steps to control bleeding.
    • MRSA Symptoms Created: Thursday, February 04, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacterial infection that is becoming more common. It's hard to treat because it is immune to many of the antibiotics used to treat garden variety staph infections.
    • Causes of Vertigo Created: Friday, August 25, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Vertigo is a sign that the brain or the ear is ill or injured. Learn about causes of vertigo that are potentially life-threatening, and some causes of vertigo that are not.
    • Boil Treatment Created: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Boils look like really big pimples and are pus filled abscesses. They can be the size of a kernel of corn or grow bigger than a golf ball. Often, they are warmer than the skin around them. Boils form from infected skin: staphylococcus aureas, MRSA or group A streptococcus.
    • The Difference Between an EMT and a Paramedic Created: Friday, August 18, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 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.
    • Treatment of Skin Tears Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Skin tears are common as we age and our skin becomes more dry and delicate. Delicate skin can come apart with relatively little pressure.
    • How to Tell It's NOT a Brown Recluse Created: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Use these steps and pictures to rule out 99% of the spiders that aren't brown recluses.
    • Causes of Nausea and Vomiting Created: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Several conditions cause nausea and vomiting. Look at these symptoms to help determine the causes of nausea.
    • Brown Recluse Bites Created: Thursday, May 17, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites.
    • Skin Boils Created: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Skin boils look like really big pimples. I always think of a boil as boiling over. To me, it looks like a bubble floated to the surface of the skin and is trying to break away. Besides boils, these...
    • Fainting Symptoms Created: Monday, January 11, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Fainting (syncope) is a sudden loss of consciousness from a lack of blood flow to the brain. Victims usually wake up quickly after collapsing. Although fainting is defined as a sudden loss of consc...
    • How To Treat Common Bug Bites Created: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Bug bites and stings can be painful but are rarely fatal. Learn how to respond to bug bites and stings
    • Shingles Pictures Created: Friday, August 12, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Three things to help identify shingles outbreaks with pictures. It's important to recognize shingles as early as possible.
    • Understanding Shortness of Breath Created: Monday, July 10, 2006 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      To understand why we get short of breath from certain medical conditions, it's important to learn how all the body systems work together to make us breathe.
    • How to Treat a Cut Finger Created: Thursday, July 03, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      First aid for cut fingers or other minor wounds mean keeping the injury clean more than stopping bleeding. These simple injuries can be treated at home with little more than an adhesive bandage and...
    • How long does a tetanus shot last? Created: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Tetanus shots are a necessary evil for our entire lives, but do you know how often you have to get one?
    • How To Perform Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Created: Monday, October 09, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      There is no substitute for training, but here are the basic steps to do traditional adult CPR. There is an easier way. This page includes links to hands only CPR.
    • Do I Need Stitches? Created: Saturday, November 25, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Some open wounds will benefit from stitches while others may not. Learn the difference before you head to the emergency room.

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