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The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook Paperback – May 27, 1992
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If you have an animal or a human bite, you generally need medical attention because of the likelihood of infection.
* If the victim has been seriously wounded, call EMS.
* If the victim was bitten by an animal, you will need to contact authorities so they can find out whether or not the animal was rabid.
1. Calm and reassure the victim. Put on latex gloves or wash your hands.
2. Check for bleeding. If the bite is not bleeding severely, wash it well (for at least 5 minutes) with mild soap and running water, then apply a bandage. If the bite is actively bleeding, control bleeding by applying direct pressure to the bite; by elevating the injured area; and, if necessary, by using pressure point bleeding control. Do not attempt to clean a wound that is actively bleeding.
3. Get medical help.
Top Customer Reviews
I picked this book in particular because of its affiliation with the Red Cross. I am not a health care worker but I figure I can have confidence in anything the Red Cross puts their name on even if it is a little out of date.
When I started looking through the book I learned many things and found that many of the things I thought I knew were wrong. This is a great book for people that want to be prepared when things happen.
To be clear, my 2 star rating does NOT mean the American Red Cross doesn’t make a great First Aid book. It simply means this book was published long before life-saving guideline changes were made in 2010 and 2015. And the changes made are too many, and too complicated for this 1992 publication to be of good use, even if you were to obtain a supplement of the newest changes. Therefore I do NOT recommend anyone buy this version, published in 1992.
I purchased this book from Amazon in 2013, not realizing changes had been made in 2010, that were not in this book. I would not have purchased it had I known about the changes in 2010. Yes, I realize changes can be made at any time, but I find it a bit irresponsible that anyone would sell a 1992 publication in 2013 (and still selling it), when live-saving guidelines had been out of date for at least 3-5 years already. I feel this book should not be sold w/o a loud and clear warning stating the information is out-of-date because not knowing the updated information can cost lives or cause a person to not be helped in the best way possible. That warning should not only be on any website that sells it, but it should also be permanently affixed to the front cover.Read more ›
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This is an outstanding prep for First Aid and ought to be used in every household. I prepare an emergency kit and include this book and a sheet of paper for contact numbers in an... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Gloria T August
First, a confession.I have not purchased or read this book. I am an EMT, and I have been looking on Amazon for a book to use for a first aid class that I will be teaching. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Too much fluff, i.e., verbose. I wasn't looking for the safety lectures. I just wanted information on what to do when someone was hurt or injured.Published 3 months ago by Bilro
I bought this to go into my bin in my garage for an emergency. It's thorough and good. Hope I never have to use it.Published 5 months ago by L. Fish