Magen David Adom UK wants you to feel confident and willing to give first aid. Everyday First Aid makes it easy to learn the skills you’ll need to help in an emergency. Choose a First Aid tip from the list below to learn some basic first aid skills:

FIRST AID TIPS

FIRST AID FOR AN ASTHMA ATTACK

Key skill: Help them take their medication

1. Help the person sit in a comfortable position and take their medication.
2. Reassure the person. If the attack becomes severe, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

FIRST AID FOR DIABETIC EMERGENCY

Key skill: Give them something sweet to drink or eat

1. Give them something sweet to eat or a non-diet drink.
2. Reassure the person. If there is no improvement, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

FIRST AID FOR SEIZURES (EPILEPSY)

Key skill: Make them safe and prevent injury

1. Do not restrain them but use a blanket or clothing to protect their head from injury.
2. Call 999 if necessary.
3. After the seizure, help the person rest on their side with their head tilted back.

FIRST AID FOR STROKE

Key skill: Carry out the FAST test

1. Think FAST. Face: is there weakness on one side of the face? Arms: can they raise both arms?
Speech: is their speech easily understood? Time: to call 999.
2. Immediately call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

FIRST AID FOR HEART ATTACK

Key skill: Ensure they are sitting and call 999 immediately

1. The person may have persistent, vice-like chest pain, which may spread to their arms,
neck, jaw, back or stomach.
2. Call 999 immediately or ask someone else to call for you.
3. Make sure they are in a position that is comfortable for them (e.g. sit them on the floor,
leaning against a wall or chair).
4. Give them constant reassurance while waiting for the ambulance.

FIRST AID FOR A BROKEN BONE

Key skill: Immobilise the affected part

1. Encourage the person to support the injury with their hand, or use a cushion or items
of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement.
2. As soon as possible, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.
3. Continue supporting the injury until help arrives.

FIRST AID FOR BURNS

Key skill: Cool the affected area

1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.
2. Loosely cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag.
3. If necessary, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

FIRST AID FOR SOMEONE WHO IS HEAVILY BLEEDING

Key skill: Put pressure on the wound

1. Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood.
2. As soon as possible, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.
3. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

FIRST AID FOR SOMEONE WHO IS UNRESPONSIVE AND BREATHING

Key skill: Place the person on their side and tilt their head back

1. Check breathing by tilting their head backwards and looking and feeling for breaths.
2. Move them onto their side and tilt their head back.
3. As soon as possible, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

FIRST AID FOR SOMEONE WHO IS CHOKING

Key skill: The delivery of back blows

1. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades to dislodge the object.
2. If necessary, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

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LIVES SAVED

Blood

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Ambulance

Magen David Adom’s fleet of 1,716 Ambulances, Mobile Intensive Care Units and Medicycles are stationed at 168 stations all over Israel.

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Emergency

Magen David Adom responds to over 800,000 calls every year, saving thousands of lives.

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Humanitarian

Magen David Adom is officially recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross as the national aid society of Israel.

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