Where to find first aid articles

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First aid articles help you treat any common injury so know where to find them

First aid refers to the care given to a sick or injured person until professional medical help is available if it’s needed at all. While administering emergency first aid like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver requires training, first aid articles will teach you how to handle many common injuries.

Most first aid articles assume that you have access to a basic first aid kit. If you don’t have one at home and in your car, you won’t be able to provide treatment or relief to minor cuts, burns, abrasions, sprains or other ailments and symptoms. To make your own, use a waterproof container and pack it with the items included on this Red Cross list, including gauze pads, exam gloves, a flashlight and scissors.

To be prepared, you must think through all possible circumstances. The internet has many first aid articles available from credible sources including the Mayo Clinic and the National Library of Medicine. Many well-known online health supply stores publish valuable information on their first aid and healthcare blogs. Bookmark these sites, but also consider a situation where you lose power. Without internet access, a reliable place to find first aid information is a book.

The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook, published in 1992,  is a comprehensive tomb that will walk you through how to care for the most common injuries. For a more recent book, consider storing a copy of the American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care in your aid kit. With over 400 pages, this 2009 reference book covers everything from first aid procedures, and disaster preparedness, to identifying when to call for medical help.

Say you don’t lose power and the internet is at your fingertips. Here are a few reliable websites to find first aid articles:

Mayo ClinicThe Mayo Clinic has a simple, easy to read and navigate website. This allows you to find the first aid information you need fast. The conditions are listed alphabetically in clinical terms, which is useful if you know what to look for and not so much if you’re scanning for “abrasion” when you should be looking for “foreign object in the skin”. Once you find your condition, you’ll get basic information on treating yourself or someone else, as well as “See your doctor if” bullet points. These first aid articles are short, but packed with actionable steps.

WebMDWebMD first aid articles detail identification and treatment for bites and stings, burns, bruising, respiratory problems, poisoning and other conditions that cause concern. Click on your condition to learn when to call 911, what you can do in the critical minutes you’re waiting for professional help, how to treat something like a bee sting without needing help, and what you can do to prevent the problem from getting worse.

National Library of Medicine – The National Library of Medicine is an encyclopedic directory of first aid information. These articles are aggregated from various medical schools and organizations. The ‘First Aid’ page is organized more for an academic than a mom trying to treat a bump on her child’s knee. Look to the right side of the page under Related Topics to access entries to conditions like burns, animal bites or shock. The quality of these articles makes this a site to bookmark for further reading once the initial injury is treated.

When administering first aid stay focused so you can think rationally. Do not panic. Do your best to put the person you’re treating at ease by using a calm voice. If they panic, they’ll make your job more difficult. 

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