- First aid is usually administered after the injury or illness occurs and at the location where it occurred.
- First aid generally consists of one-time or short-term treatment.
- First aid treatments are usually simple and require little or no technology.
- First aid can be administered by people with little training (beyond first aid training) and even by the injured or ill person.
- First aid is usually administered to keep the condition from worsening, while the victim awaits medical treatment.
- Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the skin surface multiple times is still first aid. Multiple applications of first aid do not constitute medical treatment.
- Other examples of first aid include: using a non-prescription medication at non-prescription strength; using hot or cold therapy; using any temporary immobilization devices; draining fluid from a blister; removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation or a cotton swab; using finger guards; use of massage (but physical and chiropractic therapy are considered medical treatment); and drinking fluids to relieve heat stress.
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