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ACEP First Aid Manual, 4th Edition (DK First Aid Manual) Paperback – July 18, 2011
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This book was either edited by government drones or an accountant. You have enough information to pass your MCAT but you can't find anything fast enough to save a life. You have to memorize the entire book.
That was the review of the book. Now for the personal grievance. I just took a six-hour course in first aid. No book was required. However, to prepare for the $85 class, I bought and tried to read the supplemental text. Now having finished the first aid course, but being not happy with the supplemental text, I searched the internet for a good, solid, informative, easy-to-read, easy-to-reference, first aid book that I could refer to in an emergency. Much to my dismay, I discovered that I had paid half again as much money for half again as many pages of the same book. Same format, layout, font size, etc. just bigger.
I suppose I can use one book to apply pressure to the wound and use the other one to give the patient something to bite on.
Each section is prefaced by a basic overview of that part of the human body, e.g. "The Bones, Joints and Muscle Injuries" section starts with illustrations of a skeleton, the joints and muscle groups.
The book over all is very informative, easy to follow, and with few exceptions, is focused on the most practical and common situations offering simple DOs and DON'Ts as well as excellent color photo references for proper techniques, but the book also covers a very in depth range of situations, from splinters & nosebleeds to anaphylactic shock & penetrating chest wounds.
The back of the book offers a quick and dirty "Emergency First Aid" illustrated brief for each of the sections in a simple 1, 2, 3, 4 format and references the pages for in-depth info.
I originally felt the book didn't do well covering internal injuries treatment, but thought better, "First Aid" is just that, the first aid someone provides until a trained professional arrives or the victim is transported to a hospital. To go beyond what this book offers, you might want to consider an EMT training course or med school.
I had no issues with the binding or margins of the book, but I understand another reviewer's concern about not being able to lay it open & flat so to reference it while rendering aid, but I believe that part of the responsibility aid givers assume is to reassure the victim. Keep it handy or carry the book for reference, but I wouldn't read it in front of a conscious victim. Calm them, make them comfortable, and if needed, excuse yourself to your vehicle or another room to do a refresher, or have someone else read it, while you provide the aid maybe. If it came down to it, break the spine and it will lay flat.
I feel the best use of the book is to read through it fully a couple times and learn it, then keep it for refreshers. If you really study it, you should have the confidence and basic knowledge to provide aid or assistance in any situation.
I have yet to find a book or field manual that offers better information on realistic first aid situations. I plan to order a second copy for myself. Well worth the money & hard to imagine anyone not appreciating this book as a thoughtful gift.