First Aid is defined as the medical attention that is given to an ill or injured person before medical experts arrive on the scene. This course follows Nationally Accepted guidelines and is valid for 2 years.
A breathing emergency (considered to be a medical emergency) is any respiratory problem that can threaten a person’s life. It can range from not being able to take a breath to not being able to breathe at all.
There are many different causes that can lead to a breathing emergency. Some of these include:
Chest injury or infection
Fear, pain or anxiety
Heart disease or heart failure
Infection (i.e., pneumonia), collapsed or punctured lungs
Injury to the head, neck or chest
Breathing is very rapid or very slow
Confused and aggressive behavior
Noisy breathing (wheezing or whistling sounds)
Pale or blue face, lips and fingers
Shortness of breath or troubled breathing
Asthma is the third highest cause of hospitalization amongst those under the age of 15. Many people that have this medical condition are aware of it and carry an inhaler for use in an emergency.
Asthma attacks can be triggered by many things, such as:
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