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Did You Know? What DOTS mean?

DOTS: Its part of performing a physical assessment. It’s best completed by observing and touching your patient from head to toe. Here is what the acronym means:

Deformities – differences in the natural body
Open injuries – indicated by visible blood
Tenderness – to gentle touch
Swelling – of the tissue around an affected area.

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Did you know; That there is now a fourth indicator to a stroke?

About a month ago I was doing some training for the folks that protect our borders and this one student told me about this 4th indicator to a stroke. He received this information in an Email, so I had him forward it to me. Anyway here is the main part of the message:
Recognizing a Stroke [...]

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Do you know “First Aid for a Stroke”?

If you suspect a stroke, ask the person to:

Raise both arms.
Speak a simple sentence.

If the person has any trouble with these three tasks, they may be having a stroke. You should do the following:

Call 911 immediately.
If your trained in it’s use and it’s available provide “Emergency Oxygen”.
Keep the person calm, comfortable, and reassure them with [...]

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Do you know “The Warning Signs of a Stroke”?

According to “The American Stoke Association” the warning signs of a stroke are:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

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Did You Know? Ladder Load Ratings!

Ladders come in many different shapes, colors, lengths, materials, and “load ratings”. The “maximum intended load” is the total load of all persons, equipment, tools, materials, transmitted loads, and other loads reasonably anticipated to be applied to a ladder or ladder component at any one time.
The ladder type is the designation that [...]

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Did You Know? Frostbite Prevention

Frostbite Prevention
Be aware of factors that can contribute to frostbite, such as extreme cold, wet clothes, high winds, and poor circulation. This can be caused by tight clothing or boots, cramped positions, fatigue, certain medications, smoking, alcohol use, or diseases that affect the blood vessels, such as diabetes.
Wear suitable clothing in cold temperatures and protect [...]

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Did You Know? Frostbite First Aid

Frostbite First Aid

Shelter the victim from the cold and move the victim to a warmer place. Remove any constricting jewelry and wet clothing. Look for signs of hypothermia (lowered body temperature) and treat accordingly.
If immediate medical help is available, it is usually best to wrap the affected areas in sterile dressings (remember to separate affected [...]

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Did You Know? Frostbite Don’ts

Frostbite: Don’ts
• DO NOT thaw out a frostbitten area if it cannot be kept thawed. Refreezing may make tissue damage even worse.
• DO NOT use direct dry heat (such as a radiator, campfire, heating pad, or hair dryer) to thaw the frostbitten areas. Direct heat can burn the tissues that are already damaged.
• DO NOT rub or [...]

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