CPR + First Aid Certification Manual: First Aid Introduction

What First Aid Means

First aid is the basic assistance given to a victim of an illness or injury until full medical assistance is available.

How First Aid Works

Understanding the basic principles of first aid can be important in both your professional and personal life. Being able to quickly apply basic first aid principles such as minor bleeding control or joint immobilization can make the difference in the level of injury severity for yourself or others.

Why First Aid Matters

At some point in everyone's life, he/she will give or receive first aid. There will be a time that everyone needs basic first aid help. The ability to treat an injury or care for a person until help arrives could make a difference in the outcome of the injury/illness.