First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-experts (or sometimes by an expert in case of an emergency), but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment.
While first aid can also be performed on all animals, the term generally refers to care of human patients.
Call Emergency Services NOW if you are having:
- Chest Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Severe Bleeding
- Sudden Weakness
- Some other Medical Emergency.
For other non-emergencies, please see the Web MD First Aid A-Z for how to treat specific minor issues.
Be sure to keep a charged cell phone with service, disinfectant wipes, tweezers, some bandages, baby aspirin, a few pairs of non-latex gloves and liquid stitches in your toy bag for general use and aftercare. Be sure to have several play specific tools and remedies on hand for your activities as well, for example, if you choose to use a medical stapler as part of a scene be sure to have a medical stapler puller, and if you play to do fire play, have some aloe and burn cream.
If you have a full play space, please see dungeon medical supplies for a list of what to keep on hand.