European First Aid Guidelines

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For the very first time, a set of common European-wide First Aid Guidelines is available to the public. Launched in December 2019, the JOIN Guidelines promote the importance of First Aid in daily situations at home, at work and in daily life.

In the event of an accident or medical emergency, First Aid saves lives. Keeping the patient alive and safe until the arrival of expert professional help is a vital part of the chain of care which leads to recovery. The principle of First Aid must be simple skills, clearly taught and capable of being performed in a stressful situation by those with no medical training. This manual is intended to offer a basic level of First Aid for members of the general public.

The contents of this manual are offered as a first edition of European First Aid Guidelines for general use. As such they are compatible with current practise, with other specialist guidelines (for example regarding the management of burns) and with the evidence base where one exists. These guidelines will be updated on a regular basis by the JOIN Clinical Working Group.