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 Volunteer medics, with training that ranged from first aid to professional nursing, had a couple tents in the parking lot of a taco restaurant. Samantha Guff, CNN, "They envisioned a world without police. Inside Seattle's CHOP zone, protesters struggled to make it real," 5 July 2020 Inside the building on Northeast Killingsworth Street, a free store that has been open all week offering items such as water bottles, snacks and first aid kits, with protesters in mind. oregonlive, "Youth create art, march Friday for Don’t Shoot Portland Juneteenth celebration," 19 June 2020 However, the golden rule of wilderness first aid is: Move the patient to treatment; move the treatment to the patient. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "Don’t Get Bit: Ultimate Snake Survival Guide," 23 July 2014 Officers rendered first aid to the suspect before he was taken to the hospital. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Armed robber injured in officer-involved shooting after robbing Cleveland Heights Subway, city says," 10 June 2020 This can include everything from a water bottle, a granola bar and other snacks, to your keys, wallet and first aid kit. Shelby Hyde, Essence, "The Dos And Dont's Of Protest Clothing," 8 June 2020 Aren’t there some techniques, such as psychological first aid, that can be brought to bear? Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Zoom Psychiatrists Prep for COVID-19’s Endless Ride," 8 June 2020 Neighbors administered first aid on the toddler before an officer arrived on scene and took over compressions, while also giving the neighbor a CPR mask to begin breaths, police said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Teen driver arrested in Glendale crash that killed 3-year-old boy," 6 June 2020 Clean water is also a versatile first aid tool in its own right. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Essential first aid tips for protesters," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of first aid

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first aid was in 1867

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10 Jul 2020

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“First aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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