This quick primer on common basic first aid procedures can help get you through a minor crisis, at least until the paramedics arrive or you can get to medical treatment. These tips are based on the first aid procedures recommended by the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR is the most important medical procedure of all. You can start by reviewing the basics of CPR. There is no substitute for a hands-on class. AEDs are available in many public areas and businesses. These devices are simplified for use even if you have never been trained. Regardless of how severe, almost all bleeding can be controlled.
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First aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury ,  with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery. It includes initial intervention in a serious condition prior to professional medical help being available, such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR while waiting for an ambulance , as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions, such as applying a plaster to a cut. First aid is generally performed by someone with basic medical training. Mental health first aid is an extension of the concept of first aid to cover mental health,  while psychological first aid is used as early treatment of people who are at risk for developing PTSD. There are many situations that may require first aid, and many countries have legislation, regulation, or guidance which specifies a minimum level of first aid provision in certain circumstances. This can include specific training or equipment to be available in the workplace such as an automated external defibrillator , the provision of specialist first aid cover at public gatherings, or mandatory first aid training within schools.
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