Handy First Aid Books For Your Shelf
While cuts and bruises and other first aid supplies issues can crop
up at any time, if they occur during an emergency or disaster, even a slight
injury could pose problems. The usual
sources of medical care, such as your physician or the emergency room, may be
unavailable until order has been restored, so knowing how to handle injuries
can be extremely helpful. During an
emergency situation small injuries are more likely to become infected if not
treated promptly, and knowing what to do when someone is ill or wounded can
make a real difference in the outcome.
No household should be without at least one first aid book, and you
should read it completely before you actually need to use it.
The Everything First
Aid Book by Nadine Saubers
If you are looking for one basic book to cover nearly any
possible injury or emergency medical situation, this will probably be the book
for you. The author tells you how to
handle choking, heart attacks, bleeding, wound infections, dental emergencies,
food poisoning, and illnesses such as fevers and sore throats. This book will be helpful if you have to
deliver a baby unexpectedly or deal with broken bones.
U.S. Army First Aid
Manual by the U.S Army
Although this book was written for soldiers in the field, it
contains a great deal of very good information on how to treat various injuries
and health problems. It deals with
serious situations such as airway obstruction and shock and explains how to bandage
properly. This book is very well illustrated,
so following the directions given is easy.
There is little discussion of illnesses in this book, it concentrates on
injuries and wounds.
ACEP First Aid
Manual, 3rd Edition by DK Publishing
This first aid book was compiled by the American College of
Emergency Physicians and is designed to help you handle unexpected medical
emergencies. While most of the book is
dedicated to injuries, there is a separate and well-written section on treating
illnesses. This book explains how to
diagnose what is wrong and the steps to take to treat the condition. Bullet points help to keep you focused and on
track, and the many illustrations help to make sure that you understand how to
apply treatment. The ACEP Manual is easy
to read, as well.
Something Else To
Keep In Mind
While all of the above books will be great in instructing
you how to treat injuries and illnesses, especially those that might arise
through an emergency, most of this valuable knowledge will be useless unless
you have the ability to apply it. If you
do not have a first aid kits and/or first aid supplies in your home, there will
be little you will be able to do to help out.
Make sure that you have a well-stocked first aid kit not only in your
home, but also in your vehicle. If
prescription medications are being used by anyone in the family, be sure to
have a supply of these in your first aid kit too.