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Background

Information

Why Is First Aid


Important?
You are likely to be faced with a
decision to help in an emergency
someday.
It is better to know first aid and not
need it than to need first aid and not
know it.

What Is First Aid?


The immediate
care for victims of
injuries or sudden
illness.
Does NOT replace
the need for
medical care
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First Aid Supplies

First Aid and the Law


Good Samaritan laws provide immunity.
Duty to act
Lay rescuers are not required to give first aid.
Consent
Expressed or implied is needed.
Abandonment
Once care is started, do not leave.
Negligence
Cause no further harm.

Prevention Practices
Three areas of intervention
Education
Enforcement
Engineering
Intervention examples
Swim lessons (education)
Seat belt laws (enforcement)
Air bags (engineering)