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Author: Dr Mecky McNeil

Painkillers And Fever Fighters

As most of us are struggling with coughs, colds and other winter afflictions, many of us turn to pills and potions to help us through the days and nights. The two main medications that can help are: (1) paracetamol – also known as acetaminophen in…

A Is For Allergies

Allergies – mild, moderate and severe reactions – are increasing in the developed world. It is a concern, not just for ourselves and our children but also when we are looking after other people’s children. Whilst training parents, teachers and carers during our First Aid…

Learning CPR

Yesterday, Dr Penny trained 8 teenagers from an international school in Geneva. It was a session full of serious concepts like how to recognise someone having a heart attack, how to make that important call to alert the emergency services (in English and in French)….

What Should I Put On A Burn?

When the skin is burnt (by a hot liquid, hot vapour, a chemical, friction etc), the skin may be open, weeping or charred. After adequately cooling the area of injury with cool running water, it is important to put the right type of dressing on…

E Is For Ear Infections

With the wind whipping up and the cold mornings truely here, so do the middle ear infections. These infections can caused by a virus or bacteria and are called otitis media, in medical terms. Often the bacteria or viruses travel up the tube from the…

Mountain First Aid Course – Geneva

Could you help someone who broke their leg whilst you were skiing together? Do you know what number to call for Mountain Rescue in Switzerland? When do you need to worry about a head injury? Come and find the answers to these questions and many…

N Is For Nosebleeds

One of the downsides of living in such a beautiful mountainous country as Switzerland is that the air can dry out the inside of the nose. This can make us, and our children, more vulnerable to nosebleeds. Do you know what you should do if…

Fighting Fevers

With the temperatures outside dropping, we are at the start of the season of colds, coughs and other feverish illnesses. And as our bodies, or the the bodies of our children, react to these illnesses, so our temperature rises. Any body temperature above 37.5 degrees…

C Is For Chest Compressions

At HealthFirst, we continually update the content of our courses according to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines. This organisation fosters the production, collation and dissemination of evidence based information on the best resuscitation practices round the world. One of the emerging facts…