what is some basic medical knowledge everyone should know?

what is some basic medical knowledge everyone should know?

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  1. “The toe bone is connected to the foot bone, the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone is connected to the shin bone…”

  2. If someone is having a seizure, roll them on their side so they do not choke on their tongue. If the seizure lasts for less than 2 minutes, you should wait until the person is coherent enough to determine whether or not medical aid should be sought. Beyond 2 minutes, by all means take them to the hospital or call an ambulance (while keeping them on their side).

    I live in the US and I have epilepsy. One of my biggest fears is waking up in a hospital bed after having a seizure, especially because I don’t have health insurance.

  3. Women pee out of the urinary meatus which is located just above their vagina, both of which are part of the vulva. A disappointing amount of both men and women get this wrong.

  4. If there’s a trauma and someone has been punctured or impaled by something……for the love of God do not pull it out. Wait for medics to take them to the hospital where surgeons can remove it in a controlled setting i.e. cauterizing any vessels that might have been otherwise bleeding out if it weren’t for the object preventing that. Once it’s in there, it’s keeping the bleeding from happening. Just don’t touch it or them and get help

  5. How to do the Heimlich and CPR. And on the CPR one they need to know that; you will break ribs, they’ll more than likely throw up on you, and if you start don’t stop until EMS arrives

  6. Guy in one of my English Lit classes in undergrad actually died. I honestly can’t remember exactly what his disorder was but it had to do with his brain. He may have had a hemorrhage it’s been long I can’t recall.

    What I can recall is what he said the same week he died which was if you’re having a bad headache–bad enough to go to the hospital when you get to the ER tell them that you’re having the worst headache of your life you’ve never had headaches before this and it came on all of a sudden” your wait time in the ER will decrease dramatically according to that guy.

    That same week they found him at his apartment dead.

  7. How to clean and bandage a cut or abrasion, and how to spot an infection.

    Dolor, rubor, tumor, and calor describe a possible infection. Pain, redness, swelling, and heat.

  8. You can’t pack the torso, your essentially plugging a hole, but it’s still bleeding internally. Your more likely to get a pneumothorax/sucking Chest wound. Essentially the space occupying your lungs fills with air and prevents your lungs from expanding. Plastic will prevent the air from getting through.

  9. Packing a chest wound does absolutely nothing to stop the bleeding, its a non compressible hemorrhage. Your better of covering the wound in some type of plastic.

  10. I’m not a professional and I wouldn’t take my advice too seriously, but every now and then I refresh myself on CRP and the Heimlich maneuver, just in case. Even if it’s already been said it’s probably not awful to reiterate.

  11. How to perform an emergency tracheotomy with a pocket knife and a straw. Or a steak knife and a Bic pen. Or if you’ve got it handy just a sharp piece of bamboo.

  12. The emergency department is for ***emergencies*** not for *answers*. Please don’t go because you need a primary care doc or want them to solve for a problem you’ve had for months and months. Just based on the fact that it’s been going on for months proves it’s not an emergency.

  13. 2 things, both CPR related.

    1: IT SHOULD HURT. i feel like people disregard that piece of information as some kind of myth. but you need to literally break a mfs ribs to get it to work. you’re practically forcing someone to breathe, it’s not gonna be easy.

    2: ITS PUMPS FIRST!!!!!! people always think breathe a bit then push a bit. NO!!!! it’s 30 pumps immediately and then 2 deep breaths. and you have to do that shit for so long. it has to be structured and rhythmic unless you’re literally gonna kill someone.

  14. How to recognize the signs of choking then perform the Heimlich maneuver, how to properly do CPR, how (And where) to administer an epipen to someone else, how to deal with heavy bleeding in an emergency, and how to properly use an AED. These are all things that might need to be done in a time-sensitive scenario, and can absolutely save someone’s life in an emergency.

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