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Essential Emergency First-Aid Steps

  • Assess the situation.

  • Call for emergency medical help if it's needed.

  • Perform CPR if the person can't breathe and you're trained to perform it.

  • Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure -- but first cover your hands with rubber gloves or wrap them in a plastic bag.

  • Treat shock symptoms by covering the person with a blanket or extra clothing.

  • Check for a medic-alert bracelet.

  • Comfort the person until help arrives.

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