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First Aid For Seniors 101

What You Need to Know

What is First Aid?
First Aid for seniors is helping someone who is suffering from a sudden illness or injury. It can be a complete treatment such as applying ointment and bandages to a cut, or helping the individual with a more serious injury before they can get medical attention.

First Aid Tips:
Proper first aid techniques can prevent a situation from escalating until a first responder arrives
• Be prepared: Have and know where the first aid kits are in your home, car and work.
• If an injury is serious, have someone call 911 while you help care for the victim.
• Learn the signs and symptoms of various illnesses including strokes and heart attacks.

Get First Aid Certified Today
The National Safety Council offers online training (source) and a list of local classes (source).
http://www.nsc.org/learn/Safety-Training/Pages/Courses/first-aid-cpr-aed-online.aspx http://train.nsc.org/tcd/TCDMain01.aspx

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First Aid Kit Checklist

Every home and workplace should have a First Aid Kit that is a well know location, accessible to everyone.

Anatomy of A First Aid Kit—What To Include In Yours (source)

• Absorbent compress dressings
• Non-latex gloves
• Various sized bandages
• Hydrocortisone ointment
• Adhesive cloth tape
• Scissors
• Antibiotic ointment
• Roller bandages

• Antiseptic wipes
• Sterile gauze pads
• Aspirin
• Oral thermometer
• Breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
• Tweezers
• Instant cold compress
• First aid instruction booklet

 

Anatomy of A First Aid Kit—What To Include In Yours (source)

• Check and replace flashlight batteries frequently
• Update emergency phone numbers

• Check the kit for refills regularly
• Check expiration dates on medications

Knowing proper first aid for seniors can help prevent bigger injuries and can help comfort an injured victim. Get certified today so you are prepared to help loved ones in a time of need. http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy

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