10 first aid myths

2014-05-27 15:03

There are lots of myths surrounding first aid and how to administer it. These 10 are some of the most common and dangerous.

Snake bites: what to do

2014-05-27 14:36

In Australia there are about 3,000 snake bites per year. Here's how to prevent snake bites and what to do if someone gets bitten.

Heimlich manoeuvre

2014-05-27 14:17

It's a classic life-saving technique, but only if it's done properly: here's exactly how to perform the Heimlich.

First aid for burns

2014-05-27 12:40

If you know what to do if someone is burnt, you may be able to limit injuries. Better still, learn how to prevent a tragedy from happening in the first place.

Chemical burns on the skin

2014-05-27 12:28

Follow these instructions if you have suffered chemical burns of the skin.

Spinal cord injury

2014-05-27 12:19

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is always an emergency: it could lead to chronic pain, paralysis or death.

First aid for electric shock

2014-05-27 12:09

Electric current passing through the body can cause breathing to stop or the heart to stop breathing. Follow these emergency first aid procedures.

Stroke first aid

2014-05-27 12:03

A stroke is a medical emergency. It occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is disrupted, usually by a blood clot.


2014-05-27 11:27

Minor bleeding can usually be treated at home with simple washing and bandaging the wound.

Scorpions and scorpion stings

2014-05-08 08:34

What to do when you and your child encounter a scorpion.

Ear today, gone tomorrow

2014-05-07 15:21

What do you do when an annoying little insect has crept into your ear or one of the kids has pushed a bead up his nose?

7-year-old boy dies in petrol ‘prank’

2014-04-23 11:10

Scottish boy dies after allegedly being doused in petrol and set alight by friends.

Travel first aid kit

2014-04-04 10:04

Know which emergency items to pack.


How to save a choking child

2014-01-13 14:21

Choking is a terrifying situation - even more so for children. This infographic shows exactly what to do.

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Advert shocks movie audience

2013-09-17 12:01

Spine-chilling first aid commercial leaves moviegoers shocked.

Short paramedic courses under fire

2013-05-20 11:45

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has proposed that all short course paramedic qualifications be closed, says report

What to do in an emergency

2013-02-26 15:14

Calling emergency services for your child.

Scorpions and scorpion stings

2012-02-20 11:14

What to do when you and your child encounter a scorpion.

16 weird body facts

2011-12-05 16:05

Here are some truly bizarre facts about the human body.

10 real emergencies

2010-06-07 00:00

Every person has crises at some stage of their lives. It is unavoidable, no matter how careful or how organised we are, that things will go wrong at some stage.

Make CPR matter

2009-05-28 14:13

These changes in CPR methods may improve survival rates.

The essential home first aid kit

2008-01-16 00:00

Every household should have a well-stocked first aid kit. Here's what you should pack into yours.

First aid for emergencies

2007-02-27 00:00

A basic knowledge of first aid will ensure you are prepared to handle an emergency until the “first responders” arrive.


First aid kit

2014-05-27 14:42

Every household should have a well stocked first aid kit. Keep one in your home and one in your car.


2014-05-27 14:25

Small children are most at risk for choking, when an object gets stuck in the airway.

First aid for serious sunburn

2014-05-27 14:08

Sunburn easily results in first-degree burns, especially in young children. In severe cases, secondary burns could result.

Chemical burns of the eye

2014-05-27 12:30

Chemicals that accidentally splash into the eye may rapidly harm its delicate surfaces and need prompt treatment.

First aid for head injuries

2014-05-27 12:27

Head injury or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head causes damage to the brain.

Hypothermia: first aid

2014-05-27 12:16

Hypothermia, when the body's core temperature drops below 37°C, may result from prolonged exposure to cold conditions, especially in damp, wet or snowy weather.

Asthma first aid

2014-05-27 12:05

Asthma attacks are seldom fatal with prompt, correct treatment. Here's what to do.

First aid in the workplace

2014-05-27 11:31

Common workplace emergencies include heart disease, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and trauma.

Spiders and spider bites

2014-05-08 09:03

Do you know how to spot a dangerous spider? Learn how to protect your family.

First aid: a natural approach

2014-05-07 15:22

Put together your own natural first aid kit, packed with herbal, aromatic and homoeopathic remedies that can fix common ailments quickly and effectively.

First aid for diabetics

2014-05-02 12:13

There are two types of crisis a diabetic might have: hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia. Either can result in coma if urgent action is not taken.

On the road: travel safety tips

2014-04-18 05:00

Here are some smart travel tips to make your journey a safer, more pleasant experience.

How to save a choking child

2014-01-24 09:56

Choking is a terrifying situation - even more so for children. This infographic shows you exactly what to do to help a child.

How to handle a child's seizure

2013-11-18 09:17

Watching a child have an epileptic seizure can be scary. Here is what to do if it happens.

How to create an armsling

2013-09-19 10:07

Most parents agree that it comes in handy to know a bit of first aid. When an arm is fractured, for example, a sling can help to immobilise it. This will reduce both pain and the risk of further injury.

Chilling ‘save the boy’ ad

2013-09-16 15:48

Ad showing a father trying to save his son’s life promotes first aid.

First-aid tips for cuts, scrapes and wounds

2013-05-03 14:08

Proper treatment administered quickly can prevent infection and promote healing, experts say. Here's how.

Blue bottles and blue bottle stings

2012-02-21 15:41

Prevention and treatment of blue bottle stings.

Spiders and spider bites

2012-02-16 10:14

Do you know how to spot a dangerous spider? Learn how to protect your family.

Travel first aid kit

2010-09-22 11:15

Know which emergency items to pack.

First aid for diabetics

2010-02-05 00:00

There are two types of crises diabetics could have, both of which can result in a coma if no action is taken.


2009-05-21 12:54

Most minor cuts can be treated at home but what should you do if the cut is more severe?

On the road: travel safety tips

2007-12-18 00:00

Here are some smart travel tips to make your journey a safer, more pleasant experience.

First aid for cuts

2005-06-29 00:00

What should you do if you have a cut? And where are stitches necessary?

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