What is first aid?

How first aid works

This section will tell you what first aid is and why it is important.

First aid is: help given to a person who has been hurt or is suddenly taken ill. First aid is the steps you can take before a person gets expert medical help. First aid can sometimes save a person’s life, but more often it is help given in an everyday accident or illness.

The following questions and answers will tell you more about first aid:

  • Q) What kinds of things does first aid include?A) It includes staying safe yourself and looking out for danger, helping someone feel better and stay calm. It also includes getting help - either by telling an adult or phoning 999.
  • Q) Can first aid only be given by adults?A) No, children can learn how to give first aid - which is what this website is for!
  • Q) Is first aid hard to learn?A) No, first aid is easy to learn. All you have to do is follow simple steps for different situations.
  • Q) What else do I need to know about first aid?A) Good question. There are a number of important things to know about first aid:
    • > It is important for everyone to help each other.
    • > You are most likely to give first aid to your family or friends or yourself.
    • > You can make a difference!

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