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What is the first important thing I should do to help an injured person?

The first important thing you should do to help an injured person is call 911. Do not worsen the injury. The person should not be moved unless he or she is at risk of being further hurt. Apply gentle pressure to stop any bleeding. Use ice packs on areas of pain or swelling. A person who is breathing fast or feels faint may be going into shock and should lie down with legs elevated, if possible.
Calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency number for help.

The call taker will send emergency medical help on the way as fast as possible. Make the call quickly and return to the person. If possible, ask someone else to make the call.
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