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Handy First Aid Books For Your Shelf

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.