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First Aid Advice

Severe bleeding: apply pressure, raise and support injured body part (unless it is broken), apply a dressing and bandage

Burns: hold injury under cold water for ten minutes and apply a non-stick dressing

Eye Injuries: wash out eye with clean water, do not attempt to remove anything from eye

Recovery position: roll the person gently onto their side, this way it prevents obstructions in the mouth and windpipe

Nose bleeds: sit or stand upright to slow the flow of blood, do not tip head back. Pinch your nose with thumb and forefinger for 10 minutes, breath through your mouth. If the bleeding does not stop then consult your doctor or call 999

Cuts and scrapes: stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a gauze pad or clean cloth, clean the wound by washing the area and remove any dirt. Dry the area and cover with a plaster or bandage, changing it at least once a day.

Shock: get the person to lie down on their back, and elevate their feet higher than their head. Keep them warm and comfortable; do not give them anything to drink. Treat any injuries appropriately (bleeding etc)

Heat related injuries: if you suspect heat exhaustion, get the person out of the sun and into a cool spot. Lay the person down and elevate his or her feet slightly. Loosen or remove most or all of the person's
clothing. Give the person cold (not iced) water to drink and add teaspoon of salt. Choking: The Heimlich Manoeuvre is the best known method of removing an object from the airway of a person who is choking. Stand behind the choking person and wrap your arms around his or her waist. Bend the person slightly forward. Make a fist with one hand and place it slightly above the person's navel. Grasp your fist with the other hand and press hard into the abdomen with a quick, upward thrust. Repeat this procedure until the object is expelled from the airway.

Fractures: Steady and support the injured limb. Do not move the person. Dress wounds and control bleeding. If the injured person must be moved from the site, secure the limb with padded splints and bandages. Reassure the injured person, and keep them warm.

Hypothermia: Gently move the person to shelter. Quick movement or rough handling may upset the rhythm of the heart. Monitor breathing. f it stops, give artificial respiration. Remove wet clothing and wrap the person in warm, dry covers. If the person is conscious, give warm, sweet drinks - avoid alcohol and caffeine. If the person is unconscious, get medical help quickly.

Sprains: use the P.R.I.C.E technique. Protect the injured limb from further injury.Rest the injured limb. Ice the area, Compress the area with an elastic wrap or bandage. Elevate the injured limb to limit swelling.

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