How Well Do You Remember Your First Aid Training?

Put your knowledge of emergency response terms to the ultimate test with our multiple choice trivia quiz.

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First aid quiz - Distal

First Aid Quiz: Can You Match These Terms With Their Definitions?

First aid term #1: Distal

A: Left of the heart
B: Remotely activated
C: Away from where a limb attaches to the body

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Taping up sprained ankle
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Answer: C—Away from where a limb attaches to the body

As in, “To ensure Mira’s leg bandage wasn’t too tight, Ali checked her distal circulation.”

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First aid quiz - Bystander effect

First aid term #2: Bystander effect

A: Accident-witness trauma
B: Belief that someone else will take action
C: When rubberneckers block paramedics’ access to the scene

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Bystanders watching aftermath of car crash
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Answer: B—Belief that someone else will take action

As in, “Most witnesses to the accident succumbed to the bystander effect, but Nandini intervened.”

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First aid quiz - Ligament

First aid term #3: Ligament

A: Quiet place to lie down
B: Support bandage
C: Band of tissue that connects bones

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Knee pain
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Answer: C—Band of tissue that connects bones

As in, “A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments.”

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First aid quiz - Naloxone

First aid term #4: Naloxone

A: Opioid-antagonist drug
B: Optical thermometer
C: Splint used to immobilize fractures

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Naloxone kit
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Answer: A—Opioid-antagonist drug

As in, “Naloxone can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.”

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First aid quiz - Febrile

First aid term #5: Febrile

A: Suddenly feeble
B: With fever
C: Agitated

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Infant with fever
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Answer: B—With fever

As in, “The baby was febrile, so Marcus removed the extra blankets.”

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First aid quiz - Recovery position

First aid term #6: Recovery position

A: Head-down position that can prevent fainting
B: Recommended position for an unconscious yet breathing person
C: Legal defence for people who caused harm while trying to help

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Woman tending to man in recovery position
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Answer: B—Recommended position for an unconscious yet breathing person

As in, “To keep the man’s airway open, Nadia rolled him into the recovery position.”

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First aid quiz - hypoxia

First aid term #7: Hypoxia

A: Nausea from shock
B: Oxygen deficiency in bodily tissues
C: Racing heartbeat

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Woman helping unconscious woman
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Answer: B—Oxygen deficiency in bodily tissues

As in, “Seeing that Zoé was showing bluish skin and other signs of hypoxia, Kris called 911.”

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First aid quiz - Defibrillator

First aid term #8: Defibrillator

A: Carbon monoxide detector
B: Anti-anxiety medication
C: Apparatus for restoring an effective heart rhythm

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Answer: C—Apparatus for restoring an effective heart rhythm

As in, “Defibrillators are often placed in public buildings in case of sudden cardiac arrest.”

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First aid quiz - Calamine

First aid term #9: Calamine

A: Medicated bandage
B: Mineral supplement
C: Powder used in soothing lotions

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Applying calamine lotion on little girl
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Answer: C—Powder used in soothing lotions

As in, “Calamine can reduce the itching caused by poison ivy.”

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First aid quiz - Convulsion

First aid term #10: Convulsion

A: Excessive blood loss
B: Abnormal, involuntary muscle contractions
C: Repulsion of a foreign object from a wound

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Muscle convulsions
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Answer: B—Abnormal, involuntary muscle contractions

As in, “Izad protected Alberto from injury until his convulsions finally stopped.”

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First aid quiz - Crepitus

First aid term #11: Crepitus

A: Grating noise caused by fractured bone friction
B: Reversible state of clinical death
C: Extreme loss of balance

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Broken arm in sling
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Answer: A—Grating noise caused by fractured bone friction

As in, “When Alison heard the telltale crepitus, she knew she’d broken her arm.”

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First aid quiz - Septic

First aid term #12: Septic

A: Infected
B: Poisonous
C: Foul-smelling

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Dressing wound on elderly man
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Answer: A—Infected

As in, “To lower the risk of a septic wound, wash the area, apply antibiotic cream and cover it.”

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First aid quiz - Hyperglycemia

First aid term #13: Hyperglycemia

A: Excess blood sugar
B: Excess insulin
C: Sugar craving

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Diabetes blood test
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Answer: A—Excess blood sugar

As in, “Medical ID bracelets can help bystanders recognize hyperglycemia and other diabetic emergencies.”

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First aid quiz - contusion

First aid term #14: Contusion

A: Bruise
B: Head injury
C: Mental confusion

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Woman with bruise on arm
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Answer: A—Bruise

As in, “The acronym RICE (rest, immobilize, cool, elevate) is useful for treating contusions.”

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First aid quiz - Anaphylaxis

First aid term #15: Anaphylaxis

A: Seepage of fluid under the skin
B: Severe allergic reaction
C: Nasal blockage

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Emergency EpiPen injection
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Answer: B—Severe allergic reaction

As in, “Ji-Yoon went into anaphylaxis but fortunately had an EpiPen.”

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