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Even when we are careful, an injury can occur while hunting. You should know what to do, and what not to do, in a medical emergency. Improper care can worsen the victim’s condition.

First aid is the immediate and temporary treatment of injuries until a victim can receive proper medical attention. Everyone, especially hunters, should take a first aid course. The American Red Cross and other community service organizations teach first aid classes regularly.

Mild bleeding or fractures are usually not life threatening. However, a person who is unconscious, who is not breathing, or who has no heartbeat is at great risk of dying.

In order to give first aid, you must not only have skills but supplies. A good first aid kit includes:

  • latex gloves
  • sterile gauze dressings
  • roller bandages
  • tape
  • triangular bandages
  • space blanket
  • barrier for rescue
  • breathing in CPR
  • maintenance medications
  • first aid book
CPR class in session
Proper first aid training requires several hours of expert instruction. All hunters should complete a Red Cross first aid course that includes instruction for rescue breathing and other possible outdoor emergency needs

Learn how to properly perform CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). CPR is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breathing. A heart attack, or an injury that causes the heartbeat or breathing to stop, will require CPR. You can learn how to do CPR at your local Red Cross or other community service organization.