Having the right tools and learning a few key skills can help you take charge of an emergency before aid arrives. What can you do:
Always have your cell phone handy. If the situation requires an ambulance or emergency medical help, it’s much easier to call 911 if you have a cell phone with you. (Keep the dispatcher on speaker.)
Pack a well-stocked first aid kit. Have one in your home, you car, and your bag. The more supplies you have on hand, the more easily you’ll be able to help.
Download a first aid app. The Red Cross First Aid app is available free in app. stores. It includes step-by-step instructions and videos on how to handle a variety of medical emergencies.
Take a class. Learn basic first aid techniques in an online or in-person class offered by organizations such as the Red Cross. A class should cover the scenarios above and more, including burns, poisoning, and severe allergic reactions.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018
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