First Aid

One for History Lovers: The Incredible Journey of First Aid As We Know It Today

First Aid as we know it today used to be quite different. It had to be carefully and methodically developed through the course of our

Playground Safety: What You Need In Your First Aid Kit

Children need to play. However, no matter how well the preventive measures go, accidents happen. As such, it's important to have a First Aid Kit


Throw Us a Bone: What EMRs Need To Know From You

Being an emergency medical responder is not easy. Neither is it easy to have to respond to an emergency and no one is able to

The Journey to Being an EMR: How Hard Are Certification Courses?

Just how hard is it to be an Emergency Medical Responder? Today, we take a closer look at the courses we can take to be

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Best Walking Shoes for Overweight Women

Having the best walking shoes is important for overweight women and men. Shoes determine how comfortable you feel during a walk, whether you develop blisters, and how fatigued you will feel. With thousands of shoes on the market, it can be daunting choosing one that will cater to all your needs.

Overweight people need special shoes; those that are designed to protect their feet and offer adequate support and comfort as they carry the body weight, especially over long distances.  If the overweight person has a foot condition, special shoes for their condition and their weight are a must.

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The Problem with Weight

When walking, all the weight rests on the soles of your feet and with improper balance an individual can develop foot conditions such as flat feet, inflammation, and plantar fasciitis. These conditions are painful and will require specialized shoes to manage.

With improper shoes, the weight can cause stress on the heels and the arch. When this happens, the people tend to change their walking style, and this can result in hip and back problems. The hip and back pain can be chronic, causing the person to have unbearable pain.

Weight can also cause different ligaments and tendons on your feet to tear, especially after walking or running for long distances. With the best walking shoes for overweight women, these problems are taken care of.

Why Choose Good Shoes?

The best walking shoes for overweight women are designed to support their heels and their arch, support their ankle and offer midsole stability. The various features of these shoes keep the arch and the heels protected by balancing out body weight on the entire foot. By balancing weight, an individual stays safe from various foot conditions.

A good shoe should have a good balance between support and comfort. This means it is has adequate cushioning that keeps you comfortable during the walk, but supports all parts of your legs to ensure you walk with ease. By keeping the feet comfortable, good shoes help in maintaining good posture and walking style.

What Factors Should You Consider?

When busying a walking as an overweight woman, ensure that the arch, the heels, and the toes are well supported. This ensures that weight is well balanced out on the sole and no part of your foot is stressed. With no stress, the various parts of your feet stay strong and intact.

Consider other factors such as midsole stability. If a shoe is overly flexible, it loses its support at the midsole. This means that the shoe will not support your arch as needed and this is a problem to the arch.

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After you have chosen the right shoe options for walking, picked the right size, and ensured the shoe has a breathable design, you should compare a few shoes online before picking one. This will ensure that it gives you value for money since you will be looking for the best bargain.

You should pick good quality sneakers for your walking to keep your feet, your hips and your back safe.

The Stork Cometh: You Never Really Know What You’ll See on a Job

Hi! My name is Jane and I’m an Emergency Medical Response personnel from August, Georgia! I have to agree with Dan on the fact that I’m really enjoying the personal stories on Emergency Medical Services! I enjoy them so much that I got inspired to share my own tale.

I think it would be my most memorable night on the job as an EMR. I had just started out six months previously and I was getting into the groove being an emergency responder. My partner and I got a call to a residence where an adult was unresponsive. It seemed like another night on the job so it wasn’t anything that was frazzling.

We got to the scene were the man’s pregnant wife ushered us in and exclaimed that her husband was unresponsive. We immediately assessed the situation and noted that the man was merely deep asleep and not really the viable recipient of medical assistance. He seemed pretty alarmed when he suddenly woke up to find two EMRs in his home.


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My partner and I immediately sprung into action. I made sure she was comfortable while my partner called in an ambulance. I was thanking all my lucky stars that I took a bit of class on being a doula aside from my EMR courses. My goal at the time was to keep her as calm as possible. I figured that since this was her first child, the delivery would still be a bit of a ways off and we’ll be able to bring them to the hospital.

That baby had other plans though! Before I knew it, the lady was bearing down and pushing! The ambulance was on its way but this baby was coming fast. My partner was just as shaky on his feet as the father of the child was. The missus was tough and she powered through the pain. That was probably the fastest delivery I had ever seen.

Their healthy baby boy popped out just as soon as the ambulance arrived. EMT finally showed up and got an IV into the mother stat! Mother and child were both fine. Dad, on the other hand, wasn’t quite sure what was happening. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what had happened.

I’m just thankful that I had enough experience at the time to truly support a mother in her time of need. I love my job. Since that night, I have never doubted my love for this job. So you never really know what you can come across as an Emergency Medical Responder. But I wouldn’t miss any of it at all!a

Lost in the Wilderness: Surviving a Medical Emergency in the Wild

Hey, guys! I’m Dan. I’m 43 and I’m an avid reader of this publication. I really find myself connecting to the personal stories shared here. I particularly enjoyed Mike’s story! While I’m afraid my tale may not be as humorous, it certainly was exciting enough for me!

It all started when my buddy Joe got my brain tickled about going on a hike. He said that I never really was the outdoor type and of course, I wasn’t going to let him be right. Truth was, I’ve always wanted to go hiking and whatnot but I enjoyed the indoors way too much. So he and I agreed to go hiking a wilderness trail several states away. It was a pretty grand place, if I do say so myself.

I was starting to feel pretty proud. I wasn’t out of breath at all and I was keeping up with Joe pretty well. The trail was pretty and I brought along my camera to take several snaps. I was having a great time and I managed to catch some sweet shots. Things went sour when I realized that I had fallen behind the group we were with.

I swear they were all just gone!

So I figured that I’d walk my way back. I mean, how hard would it be to follow a nature path? Well, you guessed it. I got myself royally lost. The day was hot and there wasn’t much shade. As far as I could see, there were just more and more canyons. I thought maybe I just need to find a shady spot and cool down with some water. That was when I realized that Joe had my canteen. Earlier, I had whined that I wouldn’t be able to take both my camera and my canteen of water.

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In my search to find shade, I just got myself even more lost. I wanted to call out but I was so tired, my vision was swimming, and I could have probably drunken thrice my weight in water. I tried to remember what the hike master said but I couldn’t really remember anything.

All I knew was suffering. When you’re in the wilderness you really start to think about everything you take for granted. This goes double when you’re in the middle of a medical emergency. It didn’t take a genius to realize that I was weak because I was dehydrated and exhausted. There was also the very real danger of heat stroke.

I know this because that’s what my doctor told me after I woke up. They said the hike’s first responders found me passed out and around 10 minutes away from the actual trail back to base camp. So you can imagine how silly I felt but I’m okay and that is what is truly important. If you ever get lost, don’t wander around like I did. Let the first responders find you and they can’t do that if you’re walking around. Don’t forget to bring a canteen!

Story Time: How an Incredibly Odd Certified First Responder Saved My Life

Hello there, everyone! My name is Mike and I’m just your average human from Kansas. I actually look forward to reading articles listed under “personal”. It’s nice to see the thoughts of real people from both sides of the emergency medical service spectrum: the patient and the responder.

I was particularly struck by the account of the EMR who saved her mother’s life. I thought it was great how we get to see how human our EMRs are. It certainly reminded me of my own story and encounter with a very human EMR.

My family and I live in a quiet suburb. It was nothing grand but it was the nice community where everyone knew everyone else. Around 3 years ago, the house next to ours was finally sold and we were all sorts of excited to find out who moved in. The thing was, we didn’t really get to see who it was. We just saw the moving truck, the stuff getting moved, and the occasional shadow and lights in the home.

So you have to understand, from our point of view, it was just weird. One day, I got to see the new neighbor. She was around forty and she always lugged around this giant bag. It seriously looked like she had half her house in that thing.

Rumors started going around about her and her giant bag. Kids said she kept dead bodies in it. Adults said she was a drug runner. But I just thought maybe it’s her comfort sack. So fast forward to the little town barbecue. I was in charge of the grill and everyone was having a grand old time. I’m not quite sure what happened but the next thing I knew was this burning sensation on my face.

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I had somehow passed out right unto the grill! I wasn’t on the grill long but it was certainly hot enough to burn me. I don’t remember much about it but my wife says that the moment someone realized I fell, they spotted the odd neighbor with the giant bag sprinting from her table to where I was. My wife says the odd neighbor turned out to be a certified first responder! The bag she was carrying was pretty much an ambulance in itself.

She gave me proper first aid then and there. It helped minimize the extent of the 2nd degree burns I got in some areas. My doctor at the hospital also said it was good my neighbor was there to help. While I lost my eyebrows for a while, I’m just glad I still have my face.

You really never know who’s going to play a big role in your life. My odd certified first responder will forever endure in the hearts of my loved ones. I’m certainly thankful for the odd lady with her giant bag. In case you’re wondering, her name is Loretta and she’s now a great family friend of ours! Thank goodness for my odd EMR neighbor!

One for History Lovers: The Incredible Journey of First Aid As We Know It Today

First Aid as we know it today used to be quite different. It had to be carefully and methodically developed through the course of our collective history.


If we had to trace the earliest recorded history of first aid, it would have to be around the time of the ancient Egyptians. First aid was quite important as societies that existed around that time were constantly at war. It was the Egyptians that were the first recorded developers of bandages. No, it’s not because of the mummies. They legitimately used bandages as a means to treat surgical patients.

Later on, history would record the Greek and the Romans bandaging battle wounds. The Romans, in particular, were quite modern in their application of first aid. They had legions with the specific role of administering immediate care in makeshift field hospitals. As far as we know, the Romans are the pioneers of the concept of the combat medic.

It is to be noted that most first aid back then wasn’t as effective as there was very little importance to the cleanliness of the bandages being used. There wasn’t much importance in keeping a sterile environment either. When you’re in a war, you have to make do with what you had.

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When societies placed such a high worth on sea bounties, drowning became quite a common cause of death. It was around 1767 that there was quite an active movement to combat deaths by drowning. It wasn’t until William Hawes started publicizing the efficacy of artificial respiration as a means of resuscitation.

They even had a dedicated society for it. It was aptly named: Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned. It was later renamed into the Royal Human Society. They continued to promote resuscitation and deaths by drowning met a rapid decline.

Formalization of First Aid

The actualization of first aid didn’t come about until 1859. It was after the Battle of Solferino that Jean-Henri Dunant worked toward the formation of what we know today as the Red Cross. The term ‘First Aid’ wasn’t actually invented until 1870. It was a Prussian surgeon named Freidrich von Esmarch that coined the term “erste hilfe” which directly translates to “First Aid”.

The concept of teaching first aid to civilians was developed by the Order of St. John. It is through their efforts and many others that helped evolve first aid to what it is today.

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As We Know It Today

First aid has improved quite significantly since it was first founded. Our technology has allowed us to preserve life in ways that people in ancient Egypt couldn’t even dream about. The knowledge of basic first aid is now readily accessible to anyone who wishes to learn. Community centers often hold first aid classes in the hopes of growing more awareness.

Health is indeed wealth. Knowing first aid can ensure that those around you are in good hands. Sharing the knowledge of it increases your own chance of being saved through first aid.

Throw Us a Bone: What EMRs Need To Know From You

Being an emergency medical responder is not easy. Neither is it easy to have to respond to an emergency and no one is able to tell you any information. Knowing additional information can truly mean the difference between saving someone and having them slip through our fingers.

Today, we discuss some thoughts gathered from our readers who are in the EMR field.

“I hope they realize panicking helps no one.” – Lloyd, 43

A frustration that I’ve had through my career as an Emergency Medical Responder is that when I get to the scene, no one is coherent enough to provide additional details about the patient. I’m not talking about car accidents where shock is the norm. I’ve come across instances where someone has fainted and people are too busy panicking to really give a coherent accounting of what happened.

It’s a scary time. We get it. But people really need to realize that panicking helps no one.

“Lying is about the worst thing you can do.” – Tara, 32

As an EMR, I’ve come across several events of an overdose. My job isn’t to judge you. I’m here to do the best of my ability to make sure you’re all okay. If you take anything you’re not supposed to, I need to know because when certain compounds mix together, it’s a deadly cocktail.

There is only so much training we can do to sufficiently identify what someone has taken. Lying is really just about the worst thing you can do.

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“Yes, I know you’ve read it on the internet.” – Phil, 29

It can be extremely trying at times to be graceful in the face of utter lunacy. I’m just there trying to do my job and administer some basic first aid. Then here comes a helicopter relative hovering over my shoulder. Somehow, whatever it is I’m doing is incorrect because “they read it on the internet” that it’s done a certain way.

Sir, I understand that information is available. Just please let me do my job.

“You’re welcome, by the way.” – Jessica, 37

Can I say how nice it is to be able to hear grumblings from fellow EMRs? I now realize I’m not alone. So anyway, I had to respond to a call of an unresponsive adult in a residence. The call was made by his adult children. None of them bothered to unlock the door. None of them were responding to our yells but we could hear them wailing inside. So my partner and I had to force our way into the home.

We found the patient on the floor, almost blue, because he was choking on something he ate. We saved the patient and it was a good thing, right? Well, we were sued because we broke the lock on the door and left a bruise on the person we saved. So, you’re welcome by the way.

EMRs need you to know that they understand how you feel and they’ll help you to the best that they can.

Battling the Panic: How I Nearly Lost My Mother to a Heart Attack

Hello, everyone! I’m Cherry and I’m a Certified First Responder in Columbus, OH. I was quite moved when I read the personal post of the Yolanda survivor a couple of months back. So I wanted to share my own story. I wanted to share the time when I was relatively new at being an EMR.

I had always wanted to save people and I had saved up enough money to register for an emergency medical responder course. Training was hard. I had to remember so much and the physical tests were tough as well. I somehow managed to pull through and I was pretty pleased with myself about it.

I got my certification and I felt like I was on top of the world. As terrible as it sound, I was actually constantly scanning the horizon for any incidences that may require my assistance. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I wanted people to get hurt. It was just that I was so eager to test out my newly acquired knowledge and skills.

But you know that thing that life always says right? Be careful what you wish for.

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It was a pleasant Sunday brunch for me and my family. We’re a close bunch so we always try to bring the whole family around for Sundays. I was in the kitchen scraping off the last bits of Mama’s famous Shepherd’s Pie when I heard the commotion in the living room. I had to run and see what was going on. The kids were crying and my siblings were panicking. They were all around a crumpled body. My Mama right there on the floor, grasping at her chest and gasping for air.

I wish I could say my training kicking in and I immediately swooped in to save the day. I was hit by panic, just as badly as my siblings were panicking. I felt like I was at such a loss. The demons of panic clawed at my chest but I had to resist. I had to remember I needed to give emergency medical care. It took me a while but I knew I had to do this!

I yelled at my sister to call 911 and tell the dispatcher that Mama was having a heart attack. I bent down to where she was and loosened any tight clothing. She was unresponsive so I had to administer CPR. I felt my finger shake throughout the whole thing. It took the ambulance around 4 minutes to get to our house where they whisked her away to the hospital.

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I was in such a fright. What if I had done something wrong? What if I did more harm? Yet, somehow, I didn’t. I still have my Mama.

The EMT told me later on that I saved her life. I can tell you for a fact that you will feel panic. What’s important is to remember your training and fight the panic. Ram through your fright and you will save a life.

The Journey to Being an EMR: How Hard Are Certification Courses?

Just how hard is it to be an Emergency Medical Responder? Today, we take a closer look at the courses we can take to be certified and its difficulty.

It is no secret that not everyone can become an EMR. It takes guts, dedication, and commitment. When a person decides to become a certified first responder, what is there to do? The answer is simple: sign up for a certification course.

Are there requirements to take a certification course?

Yes, there are. While the requirements may vary depending on what country or organization is giving the course, there are certain universal criteria to be eligible.

First of all, the applicant should be at least sixteen years of age. They should be in good (not necessarily peak) health. The duties of an EMR can take a physical toll; so as much as possible, they want applicants to have stamina. The applicant must have a solid knowledge of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Some organizations will require the applicant to be at a professional rescuer level when it comes to CPR. They may even ask for suitable certification for it.

Applicants must submit a completed criminal background affidavit, often, in their own hand. Beyond that, anyone is eligible to take the course.

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Is there a written exam?

Yes, there is. However, it is to be noted that there are usually two written exams. One exam is done at the start to see who passes basic knowledge. The latter exam is done at the end of the course as a “finals” of sort. The duration of the exam is normally 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Those who wish to certify as an EMR need a minimum passing score of 70%.

Is a written exam all that’s required?

No, it is not. Other than the written exam, there is a physical test. EMRs need to suitably show proper application of skills and methods learned during training.

After getting a passing grade, is that all there is?

Yes and no. Once a trainee successfully completes the written and physical exam, they are now fully certified EMRs. However, there is often a mandatory bi-annual refresher course that certified EMRs need to undergo.

These refresher courses often last for 3 days. If the EMR does not take the refresher course within the prescribed date, they will have to undergo full training once again.

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What do you learn in a certification course anyway?

By willfully undertaking the Emergency Medical Responder Course, you are expected to be familiar with several lifesaving methods. Some of these are: pharmacology, assessment of medical emergencies, providing ongoing assessment until advance care in on-site, the identification and management of airway problems, using and applying oxygen delivery devices, etc.

So as you can see, there is a lot to pick up from a certification course.

How long does a course last?

While it may vary depending on the advancement of the course you choose, most EMRs certification classes cover around 40 hours of classroom and hands-on exercises.

Playground Safety: What You Need In Your First Aid Kit

Children need to play. However, no matter how well the preventive measures go, accidents happen. As such, it’s important to have a First Aid Kit ready.

What is a First Aid Kit?

It is an assortment of medical supplies and equipment on standby. The bag or case where the medical supplies are kept must be clearly marked and highly visible. There are medical kits that are sold in hospitals that come in bright blue or vivid red containers. These make them easy to spot.

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It is understandable that most people cannot purchase an actual medical kit as there might be some concern regarding cost. A slapdash first aid kit can be made too. If you’re caring for children, it is important to have the most basic of the first aid kit in your possession.

What should be in a First Aid Kit?

As we’re discussing playground safety, we have registered Nurse Sam, who works at a Children’s Hospital, to share some tips with us.

“When dealing with children, it’s important that your kit be armed with plasters or adhesive bandages. As a distracting measure, we try to stock brightly colored plasters or those that come in various designs.”

We asked why this would help and Nurse Sam had this to say: “Kids are very receptive to suggestion. So if you tell them that their boo-boo won’t hurt as much because of a “Princess” or “Hero” plaster, they’ll believe you. The last thing you want is a crying and panicking child when you’re trying to administer first aid.”

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What else should be in the kit?

Nurse Sam suggests that disposable sterile gloves are a must. When dealing with a cut or a scrape, it is crucial to get the area as clean as possible. Ensuring that the hands of whoever is administering first aid are clean and gloved, is a step in the right direction. In that light, having antiseptic washes in your first aid kit for kids is a must.

Sterile gauze dressings of various sizes are a must as well. Kids play around so a splinter or two will be expected. Having tweezers in your kit would be helpful.

“It would be prudent to be prepared for any bites, stings or allergies.” says Nurse Sam. With this in mind, it would be smart for guardians to know beforehand any sort of allergies that the children they’re caring for must have.

Stories from the Field: Surviving Super Typhoon Yolanda

It seemed that God had turned his back on us that month. To anyone else it would just be another November. To me, it was the month Typhoon Yolanda came.

My family and I were vacationing in Cebu. We were from a different part of Visayas and we were visiting some relatives. We knew that there was going to be a typhoon. When you live in the middle part of the Philippines, it’s pretty much a common occurrence during rainy seasons. So we didn’t postpone our trip and we went ahead.

The sky was gray but that wasn’t anything out of the usual. It was windy, yes, but it was tolerable. Nothing truly indicating that it was to be the disaster it became. Our government had assured us that the storm was large but should not be anything too damaging. The local government had also assured us that we merely needed to bunker in and wait the storm out. It wasn’t very comforting given that two weeks earlier, a quake had struck. Still, we believed them. They should know, right? They’re the government.

Then early in the morning there was an unearthly howling heard. The roof of the sturdy house we were in was shaking as if the wind itself had claws—trying to carve its way in. I wanted to peer through the windows but they were covered in boards that were hammered in to keep as much of the debris out as possible. I remember the howling becoming louder and louder. I remember the room shaking but not much else after. I vaguely remember the feeling of rain on my skin. It was a chill that kissed my very bones. My memories of what followed are shot. I only remember snippets.

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What I know is that the home we were in was destroyed. I knew where I was—buried under some rubble of the wall that used to be a bedroom. I remember knowing that my family should be nearby but they weren’t. I know that someone pulled me out from under the wreckage but I don’t know who and I don’t know when. I was told that it was medical teams from Davao City who had tirelessly labored and tried to find as many of us as they could.

I lost my brothers that day. I lost cousins and aunts as well. Days before I was surrounded by a loving family. Now, there was only me.

I thank whoever it was who rescued me. I understood that if it wasn’t for the swift actions of a certified first responder’s squad, I would have joined my family in death. I never knew how much could change in the span of a month.

“Lucky” is what they call me. I don’t know if such a title can aptly describe what I am. I am a daughter without a mother. I am a sister without her brothers. This tragedy is etched in my soul. That and knowing that I was saved by people I will never know.