First Aid is any emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be administered.
Although some aspects of first aid require training, such as CPR, most first aid can be administered by a lay person using common sense and minimal equipment for minor injuries.
There are three main aims of first aid:
The aims are met in the following ways:
People who provide first aid must remember the following:
Remember, the first step in any serious emergency is to dial 911. Emergency medical dispatchers will give basic first aid instructions over the phone while the ambulance is on its way.