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 Police officers were on the block and able to respond to the shooting within seconds, immediately starting life-saving measures such as applying tourniquets and other first aid. Paul Best, Fox News, 13 June 2021 Eight deputies fired over 60 rounds during the encounter, critically injuring one of the teens before administering life-saving first aid to her, Chitwood said during a press conference the following day. David Harris,, 11 June 2021 Mandatory certification is a costly and rigorous 30-hour process — which includes first aid and CPR — that cannot be rushed., 6 June 2021 For example, in a bathroom, categories might include makeup, hair products, skincare, medicine, and first aid. Carly Adams, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2021 Experts have also pointed to a lack of first aid and rescue resources at the scene, especially along the toughest section of the race where most runners got into trouble. Nectar Gan, CNN, 28 May 2021 On Wednesday, the agency issued an emergency $38 million appeal to donors to provide food, first aid, mental health assistance and other needs to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 20 May 2021 The bear retreated after the attack, and Minish called 911 just before 11:30 a.m. Troopers and a local rescue team located him around 1:15 p.m. and began administering first aid, Hatcher said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2021 The flight attendants are trained in first aid and CPR. John Cox, USA TODAY, 15 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“First aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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