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First aid

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  • First aid is a term with its roots in warfare. We will examine the definition of the term first aid, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

    First aid is assistance that is rendered to an injured or ill person by a bystander until professional medical help may arrive. Some first aid is elementary, such as applying a bandaid to a cut. Other first aid requires training, such as the process of CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Associations such as the Red Cross provide instruction through first-aid courses, teaching lay people what to do in emergencies. Drowning, choking, bleeding, burns and broken bones are covered in these courses. Low-cost classes leading to certifications are offered by the Red Cross, and are geared to different needs. Some classes include curricula geared to lifeguards, babysitters, people who are interested in general first aid and even health care professionals, teaching basic first aid, pediatric first aid, wilderness first aid and CPR training. First-aid certification is necessary for many people who work with the children or the public and may be first responders. Modern first aid traces its roots to the Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned, founded in 1774 and dedicated to the spread of the technique of artificial respiration. In 1870, the Prussian Friedrich von Esmarch began firstaid training in the military. Esmarch is credited with coining the term erste hilfe, which translates as first aid. First aid is a mass noun, which is a noun that can not be counted. When used as an adjective before a noun,  the term is hyphenated, as in firstaid kit.

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    Examples

    Amazon spokesman Daniel Gabis said Mayo developed its First Aid program using Amazon’s self-service Alexa Skills Kit, as other organizations have. (The Valley News)

    District training officer Anju Kashyap is conducting the workshop in the Red Cross office, while, first aid lecturers Rajkumar and Vikram will organise the dummy training at the schools. (The Times of India)

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