The Bottom Line
- Backed by a trusted emergency medical association
- Filled with clear illustrations and photos
- Comprehensive coverage of first aid information
- May be too much technical information
- Takes itself very seriously
- Organization makes it hard to read
- Title: American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual
- Medical editor: John R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP
- 288 pages, 13 chapters and an index
- Colored edges on pages to help with searches
- ISBN: 0-7566-0195-9
Guide Review - American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual
Because of ACEP's zest for emergency medicine, this First Aid Manual is probably more of a first aid book than most households can handle:
"Once you have finished treatment, dispose of all waste material carefully to prevent the spread of infection. Place soiled items and used gloves in a plastic bag; ideally, use a special red bag called a biohazard bag."I doubt many homes have biohazard bags available, and even if they do, biohazard bags cannot be deposited with regular garbage. The manual includes information on ambulance stretchers, stair chairs, carry sheets and other specialized healthcare equipment. Many readers may feel intimidated by this detailed technical information.
-ACEP First Aid Manual
However, if readers can get past the professional stuff, there are great tips for the average home first aider -- like making a sling out of the victim's own jacket or the proper way to tie a triangular bandage over a head wound.
The book needs to have a little more organization to make it look less busy. Overall, however, I like it a lot and recommend it as a good guide to have around.