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first aid

emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached.
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first-aid, adjective
first-aider, noun Unabridged
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  • The organization offers training in oxygen first aid to help the divers care for themselves and each other.
  • In many wilderness emergency situations, first aid will be a serious concern.
  • Trainees learn emergency procedures, such as evacuating an airplane, administering first aid and water survival tactics.
  • In the case of inhalation, the only first aid recommended is removal from the source to fresh air.
  • Bring a first aid kit and flashlight, plus extra food and water.
  • There are things in your first aid kit that you cannot easily replicate in nature.
  • Be sure to pack a basic first aid kit, if you don't already keep one stowed in the car.
  • Bring a small first aid kit with bandages and disinfectant spray or ointment.
  • Flashlights, extra batteries and a first aid kit should be taken as well.
  • All the swim facilities have trained lifeguards on duty as well as first aid stations.
British Dictionary definitions for first aid

first aid

  1. immediate medical assistance given in an emergency
  2. (as modifier): first-aid box
(in Barbados) a small shop that sells domestic items after hours
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first aid in Medicine

first aid n.
Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.

first'-aid' adj.
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