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[QUIZ] Are These General First Aid Tips True or False?

What would you do if you had a cut with heavy bleeding?


What about if a friend became unconscious?


Or if you stumbled upon the scene of a bad car accident?


There’s no shame in not knowing the answers, as long as you make an effort to learn them. If you think you know all there is to know about general first aid, it’s time for a test! Will you pass or fail?


Each of the first aid tips below are either true or false. Read each one and take a guess!


True or False

If you cut yourself with a kitchen knife, apply firm but gentle pressure using gauze. If blood soaks through, remove the soaked gauze and apply new gauze in its place.

Answer: FALSE
When you’re dealing with excessive bleeding, do not remove the first layer of gauze, even if it’s soaked with blood. Simply apply a second layer of clean gauze to the wound and apply gentle pressure.


You can buy a first aid kit at your local drugstore or assemble one on your own. Items that should be included in a first aid kit include adhesive tape, bandages of varying sizes, cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs, disposable nonlatex gloves, safety pins, scissors, tweezers, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, thermometer, first aid manual, pain relievers, waterproof flashlight, sunscreen, personal medications that don’t require refrigeration, and more.

Answer: TRUE
You can view a full list of recommended first aid kit items here.


If you’re faced with a health problem but it is not life-threatening, you should go to your nearest emergency room.

Answer: FALSE
Urgent care centers like GoHealth Urgent Care are perfect for most non-emergency situations. They’re also ideal if something happens outside of normal business hours. Typically, the hours run later on weekdays and are open on the weekends, when most doctors’ offices are closed. Urgent care is also ideal if you’re dealing with minor illnesses and injuries like:

  • the flu or when you are running a fever
  • showing signs of strep throat
  • having an allergic reaction
  • general allergies
  • asthma
  • rashes or cuts
  • phenomena
  • stomach aches
  • insect or animal bites
  • sprains or fractures


It’s not wintertime now, but it’s important to know what to do if you’re ever faced with extreme cold. If skin turns pale or red and is very cold, hard or waxy-looking, it may be frostbite. Mild frostbite (frostnip) can be treated at home by gently rewarming the frostbitten area, taking pain medication and allowing the skin to heal. More serious frostbite, however, requires medical attention.

Answer: TRUE
Slight frostbite should be thawed with warm (not hot) water for 15 to 30 minutes. Never thaw frostbitten skin with direct heat, like a heat lamp, stove or fireplace, because this can cause burns.


The best thing to do when a person has heatstroke is to get them out of the heat. Move to an air-conditioned or shady place. Apply ice packs to the person’s armpits, groin, neck and back, where blood vessels are close to the surface. Wet the skin with cool water.

Answer: TRUE
If you think someone has heatstroke, call emergency medical personnel or visit an urgent care center immediately. In the meantime, do what you can to cool the person down.


To soothe a sprain, strain or fracture, apply heat to the affected area.

Answer: FALSE
Heat will cause the swelling to increase and can keep the injury from healing. Instead, apply ice to the affected area with a barrier (such as a cloth or towel) between the ice and the skin. You can also try using a new found P.O.L.I.C.E method for treating a sprain injury.


So, how did you do?!

Whether you answered correctly or not, it’s important to follow the first aid lessons above now that you know. And if you need urgent care for immediate healthcare concerns that are nonlife-threatening, visit your nearest GoHealth Urgent Care. We are ready to help.

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