Johanniter International publishes the first European First Aid Guidelines


In the event of an accident or medical emergency, First Aid saves lives. Keeping the patient safe until the arrival of 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.

In this regard, Johanniter International has published the very first European guidelines for first aid practices. The manual is intended to offer a basic level of first aid for members of the general public.

The contents of the 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. They will be updated on a regular basis by the JOIN Clinical Working Group.

The Guidelines are completely free and available in fifteen European languages: Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, and also Arabic.

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