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Abrasion (Scrape)
AEDs
Altitude Sickness
Assessing Injury
Back Injury
Bites Stings Bees
Black eye
Bleeding
Blisters
Bloodborne Pathogens
Broken Bone
Bruise (Contusion)
Burns
Chest Pain
Choking
Cold Reactions
Convulsion
CPR
Cramps
Cuts (Lacerations)
Dehydration
Electrical Burns
Electrical Shock
Eye Injury
First Aid Kit
Fishhook
Fractures
Frostbite
Getting Help
Head Injury
Hearing Loss
Heart Attack
Heart Disease
Heat Exhaustion
Heat Reactions
Heat Stroke
Heimlich
Hyperventilation
Hypothermia
Insect Bites Stings
Motion Sickness
Muscle Cramps
Muscle Strains
Nausea-Fainting
Neck Injuries
Nosebleeds
Object in Eye
Poisoning
Poisonous Animals
Poisonous Plants
Puncture Wound
Rope Burns
Scratches
Shock
Seizure Slings - Splints
Snakebite
Spinal Injury
Splinters
Sprained Ankle
Sprains-Strains
Stopped Breathing
Stroke
Sunburn
Tick Bites
Tooth Injury
Transporting
Triage
Wilderness First Aid

First Aid is the first help or immediate care given someone who has suddenly sickened or been hurt in an accident. First-aid training continues through the program of the Boy Scouts of America as concrete evidence that we are prepared to help others in need.

It is important that one person in each touring group be trained in the principles of first aid, know how and when to put this knowledge to the best use, and thoroughly understand the limitations of this knowledge.

It is strongly recommended that adult leaders in Scouting avail themselves of CPR and first-aid training by the American Red Cross or any recognized agency to be aware of the latest techniques and procedures. However, some of the first-aid techniques found in BSA literature are not the same as those professed by the American Red Cross. Frequently, modifications depend on the Scout's age—this could be a factor in the Scout's judgment and physical dexterity.

— - Guide to Safe Scouting, VI. First Aid


Here are the first aid resources you need for over 40 ranks and badges.   Videos show you key skills.

Rank Videos

BSA Rank Videos for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class cover many first aid topics including: Heimlich Maneuver, Hurry Cases, First Aid Kit, Bandages, Transporting the injured, and CPR.

Resources

While your handbook is your primary resource, the links below can help you learn your first aid skills. See the Disclaimers.

  Expert Village Videos: First Aid - Basics - Basics2
About.com - offers a number of first aid videos.
ProFirstAid (PFAVideo) - an entire online first aid course for free. Pay if you want their certificates.
American Red Cross Training Online - The Greater Indianapolis Chapter offers many certified American Red Cross first aid courses for a fee.


Disclaimers

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment or formal first-aid training. Don't use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you're in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek medical assistance immediately.

Please note that the only first aid materials recommended by the Boy Scouts of America are those found or listed in official BSA materials such as the current First Aid Merit Badge Book and Boy Scout Handbook. First Aid Treatments are constantly being revised. See the Guide to Safe Scouting. Neither MeritBadge.Org, nor its contributors make any recommendations.







AED

  PFAVideo: AED Intro


Altitude Sickness

Requirement for Camping and Hiking Merit Badges.

Bites and Stings

  EVVideo: Insect Bites & Stings - Treatments - Insect Bites - Brown Recluse Spider Bite - Chiggers - Bee Stings - Bees

Tick Bites

  Avoiding Ticks - EVVideo: Removing Ticks

Bleeding

  Mayo Clinic: Bleeding Video - EVVideo: EVVideo: Bleeding - EVVideo: Bleeding2 - Direct Pressure - Pressure Bandage
  ProFirstAid: Minor Bleeding - Serious Bleeding - About.com Video: Dress a Wound


Blisters

  EVVideo: Avoiding Blisters - Blisters - How to Treat Blisters

Bloodborne Pathogens

  ProFirstAid: Introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens - What are Bloodborne Pathogens? - How Bloodborne Pathogens are Spread - How to Reduce Your Risk


Broken Bones

Shortcut:
Broken Bones - Fractures
Dislocation


Bruises


Burns

  EVVideo: Burns - Second Degree Burns - Second & Third-Degree Burns - About.com Video: Burn - About.com: Types of Burns Video

See also: Electrical Burns and Rope Burns


Cancer


Chest Pain


Choking

  EVVideo: First Aid for Choking Victims - PFAVideo: Choking - About.com Video: Heimlich Maneuver


Cold Reactions

Hypothermia


Frostbite

  EVVideo: How to Treat Frostbite - About.com: Stages of Frostbite Video


CPR

  EVVideo: CPR Basics - CPR ProFirstAid: *NEW* Hands-Only CPR - PFAVideo: Adult CPR - About.com Video: Hands Only CPR -


Cuts - Scrapes

  EVVideo: Cuts (Lacerations) - EVVideo: Abrasions


Dehydration


Electrical Burns - Electrical Shock


Eye Injury - Object in Eye


Getting Help

  EVVideo:Calling 911


Head, Neck, and Back Injuries

Head Injury


Spinal Injuries

  PFAVideo: Head, Neck and Back Injuries


Hearing Loss


Heart Attack

  EVVideo: What Is a Heart Attack? - Risk Factors - Misconceptions - Signs of a Heart Attack


Heart Disease


Heat Reactions

Heat Exhaustion

  EVVideo: How to Treat Heat Exhaustion

Heat Cramps


Heat Stroke

Hyperventilation


Nausea - Motion Sickness

Fainting

  PFAVideo: Fainting


Nosebleeds

  EVVideo: Nose Bleeds - About.com Video: Nosebleeds


Poisoning


Poisonous Plants

  EVVideo: Poison Ivy & Poison Oak - How to Treat Poison Oak, Ivy & Sumac


Puncture Wounds

  EVVideo: Puncture Wounds

Fishhook
Splinters


Rope Burns


Seizures - Convulsions - Epilepsy

  EVVideo: Seizures - PFAVideo: Seizures


Shock

Treat every accident victim for shock. -Boy Scout Handbook p. 291

  PFAVideo: Shock


Slings

  EVVideo: How to Apply a Shoulder Sling - Slings - More Slings


Snakebite

  EVVideo: Venomous Snake Bite

Poisonous Animals

  EVVideo: How to Treat Jellyfish Stings


Splints

  EVVideo: How to Tell if Someone Needs a Splint - Injuries Requiring a Splint - Types of Splints - Applying a Splint - How to Use a Pillow as a Splint - How to Position a Splint


Sprains - Strains - Cramps

Shortcut:
Sprains - Strains - Cramps

  EVVideo: Strained Muscle

Sprained Ankle


Stopped Breathing

See CPR


Stroke

  EVVideo: What Is a Stroke? - How to Identify a Stroke - How to Prevent a Stroke - The Signs of a Stroke


Sunburn

Shortcut:
Sunburn

  EVVideo: Sunburn - EVVideo: Severe Sunburn


Tooth Injury


Transporting an Injured Person

  EVVideo: How to Carry an Injured Person by Yourself


Triage


Wilderness First Aid

  EVVideo: Assessing Wilderness Emergencies - Medical Emergency - Shock - Triage - Wilderness First Aid


Related Awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards


See also

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