The Ultimate First Aid Quiz

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Quick -- do you know how to perform CPR? Help someone who has just fainted? Get an insect out of a kid's ear? No? Well, read on. When you're done with this quiz, you'll feel a lot more confident in emergency first-aid situations.

What's something helpful you can give to a person who might be having a heart attack?

Potential heart attack victims can take aspirin to reduce blood clotting.

What's the universal sign for choking?

Putting both hands on your throat isn't the only way to signal that you're choking, of course, but it's the best way to make sure you get speedy help.

At what point is a fever considered dangerous in an adult?

You should seek medical help if you have a fever of 103 F or higher -- or if you've had a fever for more than three days.

If you happen to lose a tooth and can't stick it back in the socket, you should immediately place it in _____.

Milk will do the trick, as will saliva or a warm saltwater solution.

What's the proper ratio of chest compressions to breaths in CPR?

When you're performing CPR, you do 30 chest compressions and two breaths.

If chemicals have splashed into your eyes, for how long should you flush them with water?

You should rinse your eyes out for at least 20 minutes, either standing in the shower or with your head under a faucet.

If you're with someone who needs CPR but you're not trained in it, what should you do?

It's better to do something than nothing at all in this situation. If you don't know CPR, you can try chest compressions -- about 100 a minute -- until help arrives.

What are the ABCs of CPR?

Airway, breathing, circulation. The first step in CPR is checking the victim's airway. If not, you begin rescue breathing, and then chest compressions to restore circulation.

Which type of painkiller will also reduce swelling?

Taking ibuprofen will ease your pain and help stop swelling.

If someone has fainted, should you raise his head or his feet above heart level?

If the person is breathing, putting him on his back and raising his feet about a foot will help restore bloodflow to the brain.

What's the 'five and five' method that the American Red Cross recommends for delivering first aid to a choking victim?

In 'five and five,' rescuers give five back blows followed by five abdominal thrusts (otherwise known as the Heimlich maneuver).

If you're choking and you're all alone, what should you do?

Sounds scary, but you can perform the Heimlich on yourself. Make a fist and place it above your bellybutton, wrap your other hand around it, then use a chair or countertop to press your hands upward and inward.

The bite of this spider produces a fluid-filled blister that then leaves a deep ulcer?

The black widow and the brown recluse are both dangerous -- but it's the brown recluse bite that produces the blister and ulcer.

What's NOT a good thing to put on sunburn?

All of these are helpful except petroleum jelly, which will impede healing.

If you suspect you have food poisoning, should you take anti-diarrheal medicine?

If diarrhea is caused by food-borne bacteria, taking Pepto Bismol or Imodium will just keep the bacteria from exiting your system.

If your child has an insect stuck in his ear, you can pour warm ____ into the ear.

A slow stream of olive oil, mineral oil and baby oil could do the trick to float the insect out of the ear canal.

You have hypothermia when your body temperature is below ____.

When the core temperature of your major organs drops down to 95 degrees or lower, it is called hypothermia.

What should you never do when caring for someone with hypothermia?

Hypothermia victims should be warmed from the center of the body, and never with direct heat, like from a heat lamp. And, of course, you should always give them nonalcoholic drinks.

If you've been bitten on the arm by a poisonous snake, should you raise your arm above your heart or lower it?

Raising your arm would direct the venom to your heart, so you'd want to lower the arm and stay as still as possible.

What's the phone number for the National Poison Control Center?

1-800-222-1222 -- a fairly easy one to commit to memory.

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