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Emergency Medical Care: First Aid Resources

A very special thanks to Anne Griffin and her young library friends for sharing this valuable resource with us!

Accidents happen and itís inevitable that one day you may find yourself in an emergency situation. Itís important to know to call 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies. But while waiting for help to arrive, there are things you may be able to do to help save some oneís life. First aid is defined as the initial care for an injury or an illness. It can be performed by an expert or a non-expert until medical professionals reach the scene. Any person can administer basic first aid who has an understanding of how to give medical treatment. First aid intervention usually involves a series of life saving techniques that are simple to perform and require minimal to no equipment.

The aims of first aid are to preserve life by preventing further harm, preventing the conditioning from worsening, preventing danger of further injury, and promoting recovery. Key skills essential to first aid are commonly known as the ABCís of first aid. ABC stands for airway, breathing and circulation. Life saving maneuvers commonly known for first aid include CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. Other First aid procedures may include: treating a burn, setting a broken bone, or controlling bleeding. Understanding basic first aid techniques and being trained in CPR may help save an individuals life.

Look here for further information on first aid.

Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM

 
 

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