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First aid

This article is about the concept of first aid. A First Aid textbook on the practice of first aid is under development at Wikipedia textbooks.

First aid is a series of simple, life-saving medical techniques that a non-doctor or layman can be trained to perform in medical emergency situations, before the intervention of emergency medical technicians or doctors. It is best to obtain training in first aid before a medical emergency occurs. Supplies useful in giving first aid are often kept together in a first aid kit.

Training in first aid is often available through community organizations such as the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. First aid instruction is a part of military basic training and the Scouting movement. In many countries in the Commonwealth of Nations the Order of St. John provides first aid training and operates Ambulance services.

First aid is often taught as a three step process:

(1) Assess the patient and/or accident scene for hazards to the victim or rescuer(s)
(2) Call for help and activate the emergency medical services (EMS)
(3) Provide treatment to the limits of your skill

Table of contents
1 Conditions that often necessitate first aid
2 Providing first aid
3 Techniques and procedures of first aid
4 External links

Conditions that often necessitate first aid

Providing first aid

Techniques and procedures of first aid

External links


The rock and roll band Live used the name First Aid for a time before achieving much success in the music world.