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Self-Care Advisor: The Essential Home Health Guide for You and Your Family
     

Self-Care Advisor: The Essential Home Health Guide for You and Your Family

by Health Magazine Editors
 
The Self-Care Advisor is a home health resource to help you take care of yourself and your family. It covers more than 300 of the most important common health concerns, arranged the way the human body is: If you know where you hurt, turn to that section. If you miss what you're looking for there, a comprehensive index will help you. Each entry lists the

Overview

The Self-Care Advisor is a home health resource to help you take care of yourself and your family. It covers more than 300 of the most important common health concerns, arranged the way the human body is: If you know where you hurt, turn to that section. If you miss what you're looking for there, a comprehensive index will help you. Each entry lists the signs and symptoms of the ailment, things you can do now, information about when you should call your doctor, what you can do to prevent it, and where to find additional help.

The Self-Care Advisor provides practical, easy-to-use advice on more than 300 common health problems. Each entry includes a list of symptoms, guidance on what you can do yourself, when to call the doctor, tips on prevention, and sources of more information. The book also includes a quick reference emergency and first aid guide, and an illustrated body atlas.

  • Both alphabetical and body system organization
  • Up-to-date lists of information sources, including web addresses, for all entries
  • Easy to use charts and self-assessment tests

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780737016208
    Publisher:
    Time-Life Custom Publishing
    Publication date:
    09/01/2000
    Edition description:
    3RD
    Pages:
    352
    Product dimensions:
    7.08(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.79(d)

    Read an Excerpt

    Chapter 1: Lifesaving Skills:
    SIGNS OF LIFE IN DANGER -Severe bleeding
    -No breathing
    -Choking: The person can't get air
    -Shock: Irregular pulse and breathing, cold skin. The person may be unconscious.

    WHAT TO DO The American Red Cross suggests 3 basic steps for any emergency:
    CHECK the scene and the person CARE for the person

    Check the scene for things that could be a danger to the person or to you - fire, flood, traffic, spilled chemicals, or other threats. Don't be a dead hero. If danger is extreme, wait for professionals - police, firefighters, paramedics - to deal with it. Check the person. Try to find out what's wrong. Is it a life-threatening emergency? Don't move a badly injured person unless he or she is about to be hurt even worse by something on the scene. In that case, move the person and yourself out of the way before starting treatment. Call for help. Shout if you're alone with the person. If the person isn't breathing or has no heartbeat, phone 911 or send someone to do it. Don't start emergency treatment until you have called 911. Call on bystanders. See if anyone nearby has had more first-aid or CPR training than you have. Ask them to help. Care for the person. Treat the most serious problem first. Look for a medical alert tag on the person. If you find one, do what it says. Care for yourself. Protect yourself from a stranger's blood and other bodily fluids. Wear gloves if you have them. Put cloth or plastic between the person's body fluids and yourself, especially if you have open cuts or scrapes. While giving care, don't touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, or eat or drink anything. Wash your hands, or use alcohol wipes, right after giving first aid.

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