Medical and Surgical Technicians

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950 - First aid in illness and injury - 625 pages

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Page 169 - With arms held straight, swing forward slowly, so that the weight of your body is gradually brought to bear upon the patient. The shoulder should be directly over the heel of the hand at the end of the forward swing.
Page 520 - ... the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, as well as for eliminating the dangers to life and limb which now surround us.
Page 168 - ... concussion of the brain. Being under water for four or five minutes is generally fatal, but an effort to revive the apparently drowned should always be made, unless it is known that the body has been under water for a very long time. The attempt to revive the patient should not be delayed for the purpose of removing his clothes or placing him in the ambulance. Begin the procedure as soon as he is out of the water, on the shore or in the boat. The first and most important thing is to start artificial...
Page 60 - Anatomy of the liver. — The liver is the largest gland in the body. It is of a reddish brown color and weighs about three and one half pounds.
Page 78 - ... consists of 12 pairs of cranial nerves and 31 pairs of spinal nerves and their associated ganglia.
Page 469 - Tetanus 1. Recognition of the disease. — An acute infectious disease caused by the toxin of the tetanus bacillus; characterized by painful muscular contractions, first and principally of the masseter and neck muscles, and secondly those of the trunk; rarely the rigidity ia confined to the region of the injury.
Page 85 - In mammals it is composed of three parts, the external ear, the middle ear, and the internal ear ; and its structure is as follows : (Fig.
Page 87 - ... as soon as possible what has to be done and which one of the patient's injuries needs attention first. 5. Keep the patient comfortable. This can be done while the patient's injuries are being cared for. A blanket over the patient may do him as much good as the dressing one applies to his wounds. 6. Avoid allowing the patient to see his injury. Assure him that his injuries are understood and that he will get good care. In some cases a cigarette will make a patient feel better. These little things...
Page 159 - In epilepsy there may be fits with insensibility, or a mere momentary unconsciousness with slight muscular twitching, but in which the patient does not fall. In the severe form, with or without warning signs, the person suddenly cries out in a peculiar manner and falls in a fit ; at first the entire body is rigid, then there are general convulsions with jerking of the limbs, contortion of the face, and foaming at the mouth. After a few minutes the convulsions are followed by profound stupor, and...
Page 160 - The face is flushed, the pulse is first full and rapid then feeble and slow, and the respirations are deep. The pupils usually are dilated and the breath has the heavy odor of alcohol. Ordinary intoxication rarely requires any treatment besides rest and sleep. If the patient is in an exhausted state, it is well to wash out the stomach, then cover him warmly and apply heat to the extremities. If coma is present, try to arouse the patient by cold douching or striking with wet towels. If the pulse is...

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