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What is first aid?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

First aid is the immediate help given in the event of an injury or illness. First aid can be simple measures to help healing and recovery, such as putting a bandage over a wound. In other cases, it may help minimize further injuries, or even save a life, if used during a cardiac arrest or choking episode, for example. The process for giving first aid can vary dramatically depending on the injury or illness. It is often helpful to have a basic first aid kit on hand to help administer treatment.

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