U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


First Aid

Learn First Aid

Plan ahead for accidents and emergencies.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Prepare for an Emergency

There is no way to know when the next disaster will strike. Make sure your family is prepared. Planning ahead can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Programs: Questions and Answers

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are placed in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live. Information on AEDs, including training, purchasing, and apprporiate use of the device is provided.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

American Heart Association

Basic First Aid

This fact sheet describes first aid procedures including bleeding control and attending to victims of shock. Instructions for the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims, burn care, and the appropriate responses for heat exhaustion and poisoning are presented.

Review Date: February 24, 2011

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cat and Dog Bites

This fact sheet answers commonly-asked questions regarding dog and cat bites. First aid procedures, what to expect if your doctor has to treat a dog or cat bite, and prevention strategies are among the topics discussed.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Find a CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Class

Search for local classes offering training on CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Review Date: December 23, 2012

American Heart Association

First Aid for Electrical Accidents

This online fact sheet provides step-by-step instructions for the first aid treatment of victims of electrical shock and electrical burn accidents.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First Aid/CPR/AED

Find a first aid and CPR class in your community.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

First-Aid Kit

A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept within easy reach, is a necessity in every home. Having supplies gathered ahead of time will help you handle an emergency at a moment's notice. You should keep one first-aid kit in your home and one in each car. Learn what items are essential to include in your kits.

Review Date: April 16, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

First-aid Kits: Stock Supplies that Can Save Lives

Use this list to check the supplies in your first aid kits.

Review Date: March 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

For Parents: First Aid and Safety

Keeping your child safe is your top priority. Learn how to protect your child inside the house and out, what to do in an emergency, how to stock a first-aid kit, where to call for help, and more.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Get a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies, keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.

Review Date: April 19, 2012

American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Heimlich Maneuver - Overview

The Heimlich maneuver is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. Read on to find instructions and illustrations for administering first aid to adults, infants, and children.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

University of Maryland Medical Center

Learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation): You Can Do It!

This page presents illustrated guides and video demonstrations showing how to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to adults, children, infants and even pets. First aid for choking victims and phone apps are also provided.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Mental Health First Aid: FAQ

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, empathic listening, and identifying appropriate professional help.

Review Date: November 08, 2012

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Preventing Frostbite and Hypothermia- (PDF)

This fact sheet offers tips on how to prevent, detect and treat cold-related illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Safety Council