First Aid Certification Manual: Recognition & Protective Gear

First Aid: Protective Gear
Recognizing the Need for First Aid and Protective Gear

The most important action is to recognize an incident and determining the need for additional help. If bodily fluids are present, then ensure, at minimum, that protective gloves are worn prior to assisting. If you have recognized a situation that you believe requires first aid, it is important that you obtain consent prior to rendering assistance. Wearing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) that will keep you safe while assisting is essential to your safety.

Recognition of an Emergency

It is important to notify emergency trained individuals, such as firefighters and paramedics as soon as possible. The universal notification number in the United States is 9-1-1.