First aid is the provision of initial care for an illness or injury. It is usually performed by non-expert, but trained personnel to a sick or injured person until definitive medical treatment
can be accessed. Certain self-limiting illnesses or minor injuries may
not require further medical care past the first aid intervention. It
generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially
life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with
While first aid can also be performed on all animals, the term generally refers to care of human patients.