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Basic First Aid Knowledge for Various Injuries

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on basic first aid information for survivors who have confronted any violation or violence and have sustained physical injuries. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach. Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you! Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid. Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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Basic First Aid knowledge can help you address particular injuries and wounds you may have been inflicted by as a result of abuse or violence. Please note that the following information is only first aid and is NOT a substitute for medical help. This list of first aid support can help you address any injuries on yourself (as a survivor) or on a survivor (as a bystander) until you get professional help for your injuries.

First aid for fractures

A fracture is a break in the bone. If you find yourself with a swelling or bruising over a bone, or a deformity in a limb, or pain in the area injured that worsens it every time you move it, or put pressure on it, or if you’re just not able to move the part, or loss of function in the injured area, or find any protrusion of a broken bone through the skin, it is a fracture. Take these steps until you can access professional medical help:

  • Immobilize the area that is injured.

  • Do not attempt realignment

  • Apply ice to contain the swelling

First aid for bruises

First aid for wounds

First aid for a head injury

First aid for poisoning

First aid for someone who’s unresponsive and breathing

First aid for someone who’s bleeding heavily

First aid for burns

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