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.

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Mini workshops will be offered inside KIDSAFE CT, including a child safety workshop, with tips on general first aid and safety. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 8 May 2018 Pack a doggy first aid kit, and program poison control into your phone: 888-426-4435. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019 The woman fled to the downstairs lobby, where employees rendered first aid. Jacob Carozza,, "Housekeeper stabbed with scissors at Portsmouth, NH hotel," 17 Mar. 2018 Our expedition, run by Oxalis Adventure Tours, was painstakingly laid out by speleologists with extensive experience mapping caves and led by guides trained in first aid and water rescues. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 There’s little first aid kit — band aids, some dressings, blood pressure cuff. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What happens on plane full of sick passengers? An aerospace medicine expert explains," 6 Sep. 2018 Officers provided first aid to the man before he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Washington Post, "Police identify officer who fatally shot unarmed man during what they call ‘combative’ encounter," 12 June 2018 Officers Malikul Aziz and Shaquille Johnson of the 2nd Precinct arrived and quickly performed first aid on the girl, clearing her airways. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Body-cam footage shows New Jersey cops saving girl, 2, who nearly drowned," 10 July 2018 When Tatami, 67, collapsed on the dohyo, two women in the audience, including one later identified as nurse, rushed in and started performing first aid as sumo officials looked on helplessly. Washington Post, "Japan mayor saved by nurse says female sumo ban irrelevant," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of first aid

1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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