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Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite   March 5, 2012     5 Stars. "Simple, straight, and to-the-point,  easy-to-use reference book","emphasizes that the steps taken during the first few minutes of a medical emergency situation are critical and suggests that people read this book BEFORE they need it".

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: DocHandal, LLC (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982713193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982713198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want a first aid book that covers just about every emergency injury or condition you might encounter, with quick to scan checklists of symptoms, what to do and what not to do, this is the book to have on hand. This is all predicated on you having read it before you need it and to aid your memory, not a word is wasted. Basic techniques for giving first aid are broken down into easy steps and there's even an emergency info sheet you can use to give the 911 dispatcher or first responders the vital facts about the emergency and your locations which they need to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.
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ordered 2 first aid books and think this is the better of the two for general first aid info. clear, concise writing, good diagrams. easy to follow instructions. one caveat: book is unclear on how to handle someone suspected of having a spine injury. if there is life-threatening danger, book says you can move them out of danger and use Log Roll technique to turn them, but should not put them into Recovery position.
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This book is a quick reference first aid guide. It starts with a brief discussion of some general principles, then gets to the meat with basic first aid steps for various situations as well as telling you some things you shouldn't do (some of which might be your first inclination.) The Kindle version has a functional Table of Contents for quick access to the section you need. Although the review copy I received had entries in the TOC that weren't functional links, I verified that these appear to be fixed in the book currently on Amazon.

The first recommendation you'll find is to "read this book before you need it." That's a good idea, not only because there are ways you could be prepared for possible accidents and injuries, but also because there are certain techniques mentioned multiple times in the text that aren't explained until the end of the book. I think putting them at the beginning might have been better and for the Kindle version, it might make sense to have a hot link to the entry for the various techniques where they are referenced in the main body of the book for easy access.

I hesitate to comment on the content since the author is a professional and what first aid training I have was more than forty years ago, but I can say there wasn't anything (with one or two exceptions) that struck me as wrong or conflicting with what I do know. One item that struck me strangely was a recommendation that a first aid kit should have "change for a pay phone." I guess there are situations where this might still make sense, possibly an injury that happens at an isolated highway rest area with a functioning pay phone where there is no cell phone service or you don't have a cell phone.
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This is a great little booklet to prepare people to respond correctly in an emergency situation. For each situation, Dr. Handal lists "Do" items and "Don't" items. A lot of the "Don't" items are what people may have previously been told to do, but modern medicine says that it's not helpful. One example of a "Don't" is "Don't put rubbing alcohol on the skin of someone who is suffering from heat exhaustion" (a traditional method). For the curious, there is no explanation of WHY to do or not do something, but the booklet is meant to be a reference guide, not a medical textbook.
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Easy to read, easy to remember the information. Logical format and progression. This book was brief but so informative that I would feel much less panicked if I came upon an emergency situation. I would at least know what not to do. That was one of my favorite features of the book. This is going in my emergency kit!
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This easily read, very well organized first aid book is written by a qualified ED Doc with years of experience in dealing with emergency situations. The book flows from subject to subject with Icons which tell the reader what TO DO and what NOT TO DO in different emergency situations. The instructions are easy to follow and it is perfect for any home, office, school or public setting. As the cover says "Read it before you need it!"
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The strength of this book is its format and content. The key is on the cover-Read it before you need it. The ourstanding credentials of the author and the advice she gives is right on. Portable format so you can always have it with you. Helps decide what you can do at home and when you need to seek more advanced help. Definite buy so you'll have it when you need it.
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I'm sorry to say that I haven't read this book yet....however I tried to send it back because the type is way too small. I think it would NOT be a good book to have for an emergency. With that said, I will take time to read it and highlight key points.
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