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First aid for
poisoning and harmful substances

Watch the video, in which Kirsty is helped after drinking a harmful substance.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who has taken a harmful substance.

Establish what they have taken. When? And how much?

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The emergency services will want to know this information.

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As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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The substance could be extremely harmful and the person may need urgent medical attention.

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Do not make the person sick.

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By making them sick, you can cause further damage to their throat or block their airway.

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