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Accidents and first aid

Introduction

Every year in the UK, hundreds of thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents. However, many deaths resulting from accidents could be prevented if first aid was given at the scene, before emergency services arrive.

Emergency first aid is the treatment of any injury or sudden illness, before professional medical help can be provided. The aim is to prevent the condition worsening, protect from further harm, aid recovery and preserve life.

First aid is not medical treatment, and cannot be compared with what a doctor would do. It simply involves making common sense decisions in an injured person's best interest.

Continue to the next section "Why is it necessary?"

Last updated on 21 January 2008

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