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Our pages are created to provide medically accurate information that is intended to complement, not replace or substitute in any way the services of your physician. Any application of the recommendations set forth in the following pages is at the reader's discretion and sole risk. Before undergoing medical treatment, you should consult with your doctor, who can best assess your individual needs, symptoms and treatment. 

First Aid Chart - Part 1

Breathing Emergencies
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Unconsciousness
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FRACTURES

Injuries to bones and joints can be recognized by pain, swelling, inability to use a limb and the irregular shape of the limb or joint. The best first aid for such injuries is to hold the limb steady and prevent movement until medical aid arrives.

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POISONING
Poisoning most commonly occurs from chemicals taken by mouth:

- Try to determine WHAT has been swallowed HOW MUCH has been taken and HOW LONG since it was taken;

- Contact the Poison Information Centre and follow their advice on treatment;

- If they cannot be reached and if the casualty is conscious, dilute the poison by giving several glasses of water to drink;

- If the poison is not a corrosive (it did not burn the lips and mouth) or is not a petroleum product (fuel, oil, gasoline, furniture oil, etc.) hold the person's head low and try to make him vomit to remove as much poison as posible;

- Take the casualty to medical aid urgently.

ACCIDENTAL POISONING
If an accidental poisoning occurs or is suspected, think clearly and take the following steps:

1. Identify the suspected poison and the amount taken.

2. Immediately contact your Poison Information Centre (Close Hospital Emergency Department) or your family physician.

3. If necessary, quickly take the person to the nearest hospital department.

This does not necessarily mean you need an ambulance. If there is a family car or immediate source of door-to-door transportation available, this will often be faster.

4. Bring the package or container of suspected poison with you.