First aid

If you are checking this webpage while your colleague bleeds out, you are doing it wrong

Things I forget. The body that meets regularly and prepares resuscitation advice: ILCOR, the International Liaison Committee on resuscitation.

Psychological first aid

I am now into the idea of learning psychological first aid as well, having spent lockdown with various individuals battling mental illness, which was not fun. COVID psychological first aid course.

See more under trauma.

Is superglue actually appropriate for wounds?

Kinda; the cheap off-the shelf methyl-2-cyanoacrylate or ethyl-2-cyanoacrylate is notionally not ideal because it releases heat, cyanoacetate and formaldehyde while setting. Specialised medical glues are preferred: n-butyl cyanoacrylate, 2-octyl cyanoacrylate. There are a lot of contraindications; basically it sounds appropriate for clean cuts but not so much dirty or messy wounds.


Pek, Jen Heng. 2017. Guidelines for Bystander First Aid 2016.” Singapore Medical Journal 58 (7): 411–17.
Zideman, David A., Eunice M. Singletary, Emmy D. J. De Buck, Wei-Tien Chang, Jan L. Jensen, Janel M. Swain, Jeff A. Woodin, et al. 2015. Part 9: First Aid: 2015 International Consensus on First Aid Science with Treatment Recommendations.” Resuscitation, European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015, 95 (October): e225–61.

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