First Aid: Environmental Emergencies
Which animals in Washington State typically carry rabies?
While rabies is a worldwide disease, there are animals in Washington state that are more likely to carry the disease than others. In this article, we explore the causes, transmission, and treatment of rabies.
July 22, 2019
Camping and Hiking With Your Dog: What You Need to Know
While a dog can be a great companion on a hike or a camping trip, there are definitely some considerations to make when bringing your canine buddy out into the wilderness.
June 5, 2019
The Washington State Department of Health Wants Your Ticks
Ticks. We hate ‘em, right? Tiny, bloodsucking fiends that they are. But they can help serve a purpose. The Washington State Department of health wants your ticks! In order to effectively track the spread and...
March 27, 2018
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: What’s the difference?
There are several stages of heat-related illness that we discuss in the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid course.
November 15, 2016
Treating snake bite victims - what not to do, and why not to do it.
There are many misconceptions about the correct treatment for snake bites, and we'd like to try and clear some of them up.
December 9, 2015
Bee stings and stinger removal: have we been doing it right?
The arrival of summer weather usually brings an increased exposure to the outdoors, and one common result of outdoor activity is a bee sting. In this post we’ll take a look at the generally...
June 29, 2015
Is CPR performed any differently for victims of drowning?
With summer on the way (or in Seattle, already here, based on the weather), people are spending more time in or near the water. Whether it be the ocean, a lake or river, or...
June 9, 2015
When the Weather Outside is Frightful: What Frostbite is and What it Does
Our last blog entry was concerned with hypothermia (see “Watch out for the Umbles: Preventing and Treating Hypothermia”) and to continue that thread, we’ll be looking at frostbite. Frostbite occurs when skin and underlying tissues...
January 26, 2015
Watch out for the Umbles: Preventing and Treating Hypothermia
Watch out for the Umbles: Preventing and Treating Hypothermia Seattle weather seems to have finally conceded that winter has arrived. This week, we’ve seen the kinds of temperatures that can easily result in hypothermia if...
December 5, 2014
Venomous snakes in Washington – What are the chances you’ll meet one?
You're hiking in Washington state. In the path ahead, a snake slithers into view. How worried should you be? CPR Seattle’s Heartsaver First Aid class touches on what to do in the event of snakebite....
August 18, 2014