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Basic first aid


This guide contains general advice on basic first aid procedures which can be used in an emergency. It is not, however, a substitute for formal or professional training.

Assess the general condition of the casualty and seek expert help.

ABC

Remember the ABC of first aid >

Airway - check it is clear
Breathing - check for breathing
Circulation - check for pulse

Then

Do the following >

Cover any wound and apply firm pressure
Provide warmth
Give nothing to eat or drink - especially alcohol

Alert

Contact the rescue service immediately and give them the following details >

Location including any notable landmarks, points of bearing, map or GPS references if in an excluded or remote area.

Number of people injured and type of injury.

Establish the facts of the accident, names and addresses of people involved and of any witnesses.

Note the place, time and circumstances of the accident, terrain, conditions and visibility.

Take photographs if possible.

Remember and markings and signs.


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