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What should I do before providing first aid?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
You should do the following before providing first aid:
  • Check to make sure the scene is safe before you approach.
  • Introduce yourself and ask for permission to help.
  • Determine what the problem is and what type of help is needed.
  • Call emergency medical services (EMS) if someone is seriously ill, injured or you are unsure of what to do.
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