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First aid and emergencies 

First aid and emergencies
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First aid and emergencies
Author(s):

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653720.003.0013
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date: 27 September 2020

This chapter provides an overview of first aid and provides guidance on the assumption that emergency services will arrive within a short period of calling. All community nurses should have regular refresher courses on basic life support and first aid. When it could literally be a situation of life or death, it is also important that nurses and health visitors encourage parents and people in their local community to learn how to deal with minor injuries and emergencies. This can be done through special learning events and public awareness campaigns, or through national providers such as the Red Cross or St John’s Ambulance. Those working in first-contact settings, such as minor injuries clinics, will have specialist training, and require more detailed guidance from their employer on minor illness and emergencies in those settings.

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