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First Aid emergency care for a victim of sudden illness or injury until more skillful medical treatment is available First aid may save a life or improve certain vital signs including pulse temperature a patent unobstructed airway and breathing In minor emergencies first aid may prevent a victims condition from worsening and provide relief from pain First aid must be administered as quickly as possible In the case of the critically injured a few minutes can make the difference between complete recovery and loss of life The First aid measures depend upon a victims needs and the providers level of knowledge and skill Knowing what not to do in an emergency is as important as knowing what to do Improperly moving a person with a neck injury for example can lead to permanent spinal injury and paralysis Despite the variety of injuries possible several principles of first aid apply to all emergencies The first step is to call for professional medical help Determine that the scene of the accident is safe before attempting to provide first aid The victim if conscious should be reassured that medical aid has been requested and asked for permission to provide any first aid Next assess the scene asking bystanders or the injured persons family or friends about details of the injury or illness any care that may have already been given and preexisting conditions such as diabetes or heart trouble The victim should be checked for a medical bracelet or card that describes special medical conditions Unless the accident scene becomes unsafe or the victim may suffer further injury do not move the victim First aid requires rapid assessment of victims to determine whether life-threatening conditions exist One method for evaluating a victims condition is known by the acronym ABCs which stands for A -- Airway--is it open and unobstructed B -- Breathing--is the person breathing Look listen and feel for breathing C -- Circulation--is there a pulse Is
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