first aid


Definition of first aid 

: emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained

Examples of first aid in a Sentence

She gave him first aid for his sprained ankle.

Recent Examples on the Web

American Red Cross’ First Aid: Put safety first with heat wave safety tips; expert advice on how to treat first aid emergencies, stings and bites; step-by-step instruction and videos;and a hospital locator. Brittany Britto,, "10 useful apps for your beach trip," 10 May 2018 At Southington High School, Southington, CT George taught physical education, health first aid, coached Junior Varsity Football, Baseball and Basketball from 1955 to 1963., "George Mitchell," 3 May 2018 These classroom trauma kits contain tourniquets, stress balls, first aid, scissors, flashlights, glow bracelets, lollipops and phone chargers. Lois K. Solomon,, "Demand increases for school security. What is being done?," 23 Mar. 2018 There are Apps for flood, emergency alerts, hurricanes (which offers local flooding information), tornados, first aid, and pets. Sheila Vilvens,, "What you need to know ahead of flood cleanup in Greater Cincinnati," 20 Feb. 2018 Police found nine victims — inside and outside the apartments — and rendered first aid. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Boise stabbing: Refugees among 9 injured in attack at apartment complex, police say," 1 July 2018 After the first contestest hurt her nose badly enough to require first aid, others seemed able to pass through the course incident-free. Peter Hartlaub,, "Clusterfest ‘Double Dare’ course gets visit from host Marc Summers as game show prepares for its return this month," 2 June 2018 The grand jury said officers were afraid to render first aid to Boyd with the gun next to him, so an officer picked it up, carried it across the yard and dropped it next to a tree, where it was collected for evidence. Russ Bynum, Fox News, "Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified," 24 May 2018 The hostages were then whisked out of the store as police performed first aid on the man, said a police press release. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "NC police shoot man holding Harris Teeter staff hostage during standoff," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of first aid

1867, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2018

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The first known use of first aid was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of first aid

: emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person

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Kids Definition of first aid

: care or treatment given to an ill or injured person in an emergency

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Medical Definition of first aid 

: emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained

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