First Aid Acronyms

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ECSI
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Emergency Care and Safety Institute
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AHA
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American Heart Association
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NSC
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National Safety Council
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ARC
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American Red Cross
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OSHA
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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FDA
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Food and Drug Administration
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CDC
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Center for Disease Control
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AMA
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American Medical Association
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ACEP
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American College of Emergency Physicians
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AAOS
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American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
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ABCs
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Airway, breathing, circulation
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CAB
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Compressions, airway, breathing
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BP
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Blood pressure
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DOTS
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Deformities, open wounds, tenderness, swelling
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PPE
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Personal Protective Equipment
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HIV
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus
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TB
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Tuberculosis
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SARS
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
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PTSD
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
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HBV
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Hepatitis B Virus
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RICE
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Rest, ice, compression, elevation
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CPR
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
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FBAO
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Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
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BLS
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Basic life support
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ACLS
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Advanced cardiac life support
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PALS
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Pediatric Advanced Life Support
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EMS
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Emergency medical services
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EMT
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Emergency medical technicians
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AED
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Automated External Defibrillator
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PAD
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Public Access Defibrillator
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RBC
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Red Blood Cells
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BVM
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Bag Valve Mask
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BSA
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Body Surface Area
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PRESSCRAB
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Pulse, respirations, eyes and ears, skin color skin temp skin moisture, consciousness, capillary refill, reaction to stimuli, ability to move, blood pressure
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PAIN
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Period of pain, area, intensity, notify
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COI
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Cause of Injury
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AVPU
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Alert, responsive to stimuli, responsive only to painful stimuli, unresponsive to stimuli
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PERRL
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Pupils, equal, round, react, light
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SAMPLE
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Symptoms, allergies, medications, past medical history, last oral intake, events leading up to the illness or injury
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SPF
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Sun protection factor

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