First Aid Basics: Do you know what to do?

by Jill Taylor on July 27, 2012

in Safety

Dad aministering first aid on sonAs a follow-up to our Top 5 Tips for First Aid Kits, here are a few first aid tips from Susan Burchfield with Scott & White Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach.

She says “If necessary, use the tools you have.” At times we may not have the right equipment, but with a little first aid education, you can use every day items to perform first aid.

If you come across a…

Foreign body in the eye—

Cover the eye with a foam cup and attach to the head. You can use a piece of material or the roll of bandage material. The cup allows plenty of room to protect the area without touching the skin/eye. The cup also keeps the person from rubbing the eye and the area around the eye. If you’re outside, it keeps wind and dirt out of the eye.

Broken bone

Position the body part in as comfortable position as possible. If you don’t have splints, use small branches, or rolled up magazines beside the injured area. Wrap with the bandage material. The idea is to keep the bone from moving.


Place the burn under cool water, not cold. Do not apply ice, butter or ointment. Cover with a clean cloth. Burchfield says do not disturb any blisters that may form.

Snake bite

Burchfield says most snakes are not poisonous. It’s best to remain calm. Remove any jewelry before you swell and cleanse the area. Do not cut or bite or try to remove any venom. Do not try to capture the snake but if possible, remember what it looked like. Do not use a tourniquet or apply ice.

Hope you’ll find our quick tips for administering first aid helpful. Remember, emergency care is only as good as you are able and equipped to provide. Call 911 for more help and instructions.

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