Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

by James Hubbard


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Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival by James Hubbard

Skills to Save A Life

Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation.

The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction in this book will help you prevent or respond to:

  • Dehydration
  • Hypothermia, frostbite and heatstroke
  • Skin wounds including burns, cuts, bites and gunshots
  • Anaphylaxis, allergic reactions and rashes
  • Broken bones and injured joints

Plus you'll find detailed packing lists for survival first aid kits of all sizes. This pocket-sized manual is perfect for packing in first aid kits, bug out bags, day-hiking packs and vehicle kits. Medical emergencies are unplanned and unpredictable, but you can be prepared. Arm yourself with knowledge that can save a life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440333545
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 First Aid Supplies 14

First Aid Supplies for a Long-Term Storage Area 15

Long-Term Supplies that Require Training 25

Disinfectants 28

Over-the-Counter Medicines 29

Prescription Antibiotics 31

Prescription Medicines for Allergic Reactions 34

First Aid for Bug Out Bag and Hiking Kits 34

Immunizations 36

2 Resuscitation 38

What to Do When a Person Collapses 39

How to Perform Chest Compressions 39

Breathing 41

Ensuring an Open Airway 43

Choking 45

3 Water and Hydration 48

Water Requirements for Proper Hydration 49

Conserving the Water You Have 52

The Type of Water Is Important 53

How to Make Water Drinkable 54

Water Disinfection Method 1: Boiling 55

Water Disinfection Method 2: Iodine 55

Water Disinfection Method 3: Chlorine 57

Water Disinfection Method 4: UV Rays 58

Water Disinfection Method 5: Microfiltration 59

Dehydration 60

Dehydration Caused by Diarrhea and Vomiting 62

4 Exposure: Hyperthermia and Hypothermia 66

Dress for Survival 67

Hyperthermia (Overheating) 67

Muscle Cramping 71

Heat Exhaustion 71

Heatstroke 73

Hypothermia 75

How to Treat Hypothermia 77

Frostbite 83

5 Skin Wounds 88

Makeshit Wound-Treatment Tools 89

How to Sterilize Instruments 90

What to Do Before and After a Procedure 91

Cuts and Lacerations 91

Step 1 Stop the Bleeding 93

Step 2 Assess the Damage 95

Step 3 Clean the Wound 98

Step 4 Decide on Treatment 101

Step 5 Close the Wound 102

Step 6 Watch for Infection 106

How to Treat a Skin Infection 106

Cuts in the Mouth or Tongue 107

Removing Small Foreign Objects in the Skin 108

Animal Bites 109

Bites from Mammals 109

How to Treat Mammal Bites on the Hand 111

Rabies 111

Snakes 114

Gunshot Wounds 116

Burns 121

First Steps for Dealing with a Burn 123

Signs of a First-Degree Burn 123

Signs of a Second-Degree Burn 124

Signs of a Third-Degree Burn 125

Life-Threatening Complications from Burns 127

6 Reactions: Anaphylaxis, Skin Irritations and Poisoning 130

Anaphylaxis: A Potentially Deadly Reaction 131

Stinging Insects 134

Bark Scorpion 136

Spiders 138

Mosquito Bites 141

Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes 142

Ticks 146

Diseases Transmitted by Ticks 147

Fleas 149

Chiggers 151

How to Prevent Parasitic Insect Bites 152

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac 153

Stinging Nettles 158

Cactus 159

Ingesting Poisonous Plants 159

7 Bones and Joints 162

Definitions 163

RICES Treatment for Bone, Muscle and Joint Injury 163

How to Make a Splint 165

Spine Injuries 165

Rib Injuries 169

Collapsed Lung 170

Pneumonia 172

Flail Chest 173

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injuries 173

Clavicle (Collarbone) Injuries 174

Humerus (Upper Arm) Injuries 175

Elbow Injuries 176

Forearm Injuries 177

Wrist, Hand and Finger Injuries 178

Hip and Thigh Injuries 179

Knee Injuries 180

Lower Leg Injuries 180

Ankle Injuries 181

Foot and Toe Injuries 182

Index 184

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