7 Essential First Aid Tips 😷That Could Help You save a Life🚑 ...

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There are first aid skills everyone should know because it’s never a good thing to be in the middle of a medical emergency.

If you do find yourself in one, it’s important to be prepared so that you can help.

You might even save a life if you know what to do.

If you’ve never taken a basic first aid class, now is the time to sign up.

You’ll never know when your skills might be needed and you want to be ready so that you don’t panic (at least not much).

Here are some of the most important first aid skills you should know and have in your arsenal.

1. Use Pressure to Stop Bleeding

This handy skill can be used in many situations, from your kid falling off his bike to your best friend cutting herself slicing limes for margaritas.

When someone is bleeding, you should apply gentle pressure to slow it down.

Hold a clean cloth over the wound and press down firmly, but not too hard.2

Check the wound for bleeding every couple of minutes.

If it doesn’t seem to be slowing down, call 911 or otherwise seek medical help.

2. Treating a Burn Doesn’t Involve Ice

It used to be that you’d get burned and you’d slap an ice cube on it.

Not anymore.

New information in the first aid world says this is not a good idea.

The ice can damage exposed nerve cells.

Likewise, don’t put butter or petroleum jelly on a burn either.2

Run the burn under cool water for several minutes.

If it blisters or covers a large area of the body, a trip to the ER is in order.

3. Cleaning and Dressing a Wound for Cleanliness

When someone is injured, the open wound can become infected if bacteria or germs get in.

That’s why it’s important to know how to properly clean and dress the wound to prevent this.

Start by washing the area with warm water and soap or disinfectant to kill any nasty stuff that got in.

Then you need to cover it with an adhesive bandage or gauze and medical tape.

If the wound is large or continues to bleed, seek medical help right away.

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