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By Rod Brouhard, EMT P, About.com Guide to First Aid

There are two types of first aid -- emergencies that require quick action to save lives and minor injuries or illnesses that can often be handled at home without professional medical care.

  1. Techniques for Life-Threatening Emergencies
  2. Calling for Help
  3. Everyday First Aid A-D
  4. Everyday First Aid E-N
  5. Everyday First Aid O-Z

Techniques for Life-Threatening Emergencies


If you suspect a life-threatening emergency, call 911. The following are the techniques for those life-threatening emergencies where seconds truly count and treatment should start before an ambulance arrives. These should be followed in addition to calling 911.

Calling for Help

Getting help during a life-threatening emergency should be as easy as calling 911, and it is. But sometimes, 911 can be more confusing than it should be.

Everyday First Aid A-D

What should you do if you"re hurt or sick? In an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, look here for first aid tips and procedures for all manner of emergency and non-emergency injuries or conditions. There are plenty of common bumps and bruises that can be handled at home without medical attention. Other times it can be difficult to decide when to see a doctor. This list provides information for everyday illnesses and injuries.

Everyday First Aid E-N

The list of emergencies big and small, continued from E-N.

Everyday First Aid O-Z

The everyday emergency first aid list continues, from O-Z.

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