Outdoor First Aid: A Practical Manual: Essential Knowledge for Outdoor Enthusiasts Paperback – 1 Jun 2013
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About the Author
Katherine is a qualified Specialist Physical Education teacher and currently runs Active First Aid Training, delivering Rescue Emergency Care certified courses throughout the UK. Having lived in Snowdonia for over twenty-five years she is passionate about mountaineering. In 2000 Katherine became a member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and since then has attended over 350 rescue incidents. She holds the Mountain Rescue Council's Casualty Care first aid certificate as well as the Emergency Care in Mountain Rescue (Advanced) certificate. Katherine spent a number of years as the chair of the rescue team's Medical Sub-committee and holds the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her services to mountain Rescue.
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This book was recommended to me by a local Canoe Instructor. It is extremely well written by a very experienced Mountain Rescue Team Member and First Aid Trainer who speaks from experience rather from a theoretical level. What it provides is a pragmatic, systematic and eminently sensible approach to First Aid in the outdoors.
There is a lot to like about this book. The key algorithm of Scene Assessment - Initial Assessment - Secondary Survey with treatment options at every step is emphasised repeatedly early in the book as a framework for treating the conscious and unconscious casualty. There are great pictures, particularly of essential techniques and key points and important text are highlighted. There are lots of real life stories of real casualties which help bring the book and the necessary actions to life. Difficult questions are not avoided - instead the author has sought to obtain the best evidence-led answers to present to the reader. Whilst most standard First Aid courses teach CPR and books describe it, this book provides pragmatic yet honest advice around the very real issues of starting CPR in this hills when help may be several hours away.Read more ›
The author is very involved with the outdoors, active with a very active Mountain Rescue Team and runs outdoor first aid courses. What more could you ask to compile such an informative book.
The detail is clear, the images and diagrams are clear to view.
The list of contributors is very good. When I was talking to a friend who is an A&E doctor, they knew virtually all the names mentioned and said the book is an impressive book.
My final word, this book SHOULD BE IN EVERY HILL WALKER AND RAMBLERS COLLECTION.
You just never know when you might stumble across a situation.
The book also opens the mind to first aid, many pieces of equipment/objects/clothing that i would usually have with me in the outdoors, and completely over look are used. Walking poles, survival bags, safety pins, spare fleece, rope, all become extremely useful pieces of first aid equipment.
Questionnaires have also been used interestingly, to show what equipment various people carry in their first aid kits. Alongside first aid advice there's also a section "working with rescue services", containing some great hints and tips to gain rescuers attention whilst not hindering their rescue attempt.
All together this book exceeded previous scout and other first aid course information, really gave food for thought and im going to definitely be sharing this with friends and family. Right im off to go and see what's really in my first aid kit. :)
This book fills the gap very well. The author has over a decade of experience as a member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and currently teaches first aid courses on a regular basis.
The bulk of the book covers material typical to first aid books, with a chapter devoted to the treatment of a particular type of injury or illness. Where Outdoor First Aid shines is the inclusion of accounts of real life outdoors incidents. These are typically a page long, written from the point of view of the injured party, and include a brief description of what happened and how they subsequently dealt with it.
One of the most useful chapters of Outdoor First Aid is "Working With Emergency Services". This explains the process of Mountain Rescue in the UK in clear steps. The author includes tips on calling for help, making yourself easier to find, and working with rescue teams, search dogs and helicopters. This information is essential to anyone who spends time in the outdoors. There's also a useful exploration of first aid kits, informed by a questionnaire the author conducted with 200 outdoors professionals and hobbyists.
All in all, Outdoor First Aid is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of any outdoors enthusiast. It's cheap, well-written and filled with useful information that may well save a life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic referencing guide supported by easy to follow text and photographs. Highly recommended for those who operate in the mountains of the UK or hold NGB qualifications.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a scout leader this book is perfect to use as the go to reference. It deals with types of injuries that we may come across. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Bon Dignam
This book is one people who work or play in the outdoors should read . Very easy to read and understand and will hopefully help save lives . Good work KatherinePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Detailed, easy to follow and fully of relevant scenarios for the outdoors. A great resource.Published 5 months ago by Mr R J Binks
An excellent read, even for beginners. Everything is explained in a simple way so that everyone can understand and remember it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by enterlezi
Whilst I am first aid trained / certified, I found the information contained in this book was excellent. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thomas Roscoe
A really good, practical book for outdoors first aid. Well written and some good pictures to support the text.Published 22 months ago by Mr. L. P. Murphy