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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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends including jumper cables, flares, a flashlight, bottled water, blankets, a first aid kit, and, of course, a cellphone and charger. Kate Rockwood, Woman's Day, "How to Make the Most of Your Next Family Adventure," 25 June 2019 Officers provided first aid until paramedics from East Dundee Fire Protection District arrived on scene, according to the release. Todd Shields,, "Bartlett man dead after his motorcycle was struck by a van in South Barrington," 4 June 2019 The American Red Cross also advises that parents take first aid and CPR courses to help in an emergency. Joelle Goldstein,, "Florida Dad Jumps Over 4-Foot Fence to Save 1-Year-Old Son from Drowning in Backyard Pool," 27 June 2019 There was no equipment in the first aid room, just a couple of beds. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Woman gives birth at Pink concert to youngest Pink fan ever," 26 June 2019 After the shooting, the officers gave the man first aid until emergency medical teams arrived, Gross said. John Hilliard,, "DA promises ‘complete, impartial’ review after Boston police shoot, kill man," 25 June 2019 India was then wrapped in cloth and given first aid by paramedics before being taken to a local hospital. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Video shows deputies finding baby alive in plastic bag abandoned in Georgia woods," 25 June 2019 Deputies administered first aid to Wise, who was later pronounced dead., "Metro Briefs," 8 June 2019 Responding deputies found the infant in a plastic bag and administered first aid. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Newborn Found Alive in Plastic Bag in Georgia Woods as Police Try to Identify Her," 7 June 2019

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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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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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