First Aid & Emergency Guides

What is First Aid & Emergency?

Whether you're in the workplace, household, school classroom, or wilderness, conditions may call on you to respond with emergency treatment for:

You should always call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

However, sometimes an ambulance or EMTs may not respond immediately.

Luckily, anyone interested in safety can receive lifesaving training and certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid from organizations like the American Red Cross.

Online tools or an instructor can help you find the right bandages, medicine, supplies and other equipment for a first aid kit. They can teach you the right questions to ask a person who, for example, has trouble breathing, or appears to be in shock or pain from losing blood.

Courses can also teach the different guidelines for pediatric first aid, infant first aid, and adult first aid. Signs and symptoms of injury or illness in a child may be different than signs in an adult.

Many workplaces now have AEDs, or automated external defibrillators in case someone has a heart attack on the job. First Aid courses can teach you how to use an AED as well as other skills.

See our list of shortcuts below for tips and information to guide you on various first aid topics.


First Aid & Emergency Guides A-Z

Please call 911 immediately if you think you have a medical emergency.




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