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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pesda Press (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906095353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906095352
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Would agree entirely with previous reviews. First aid in the Great Outdoors is completely different to the first aid we are often taught in training courses where professional assistance is (fairly) readily available and the casualty who is more seriously injured is never that far from a medical facility. For those looking at buying an "outdoor" first aid book in the past the choice was pretty limited - either buy a "standard" text which almost certainly ignored the very real issues of outdoor first aid, or buy one of the far too advanced specialist texts more designed for expedition medicine. Until now that is.

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.
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This is a fantastic book.

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.
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Many first aid books cover simple very precise first aid methods, limited creativity and not much more. This book is the complete opposite !! Im a scouter involved in many groups and sections within the scouts organisation, also a keen kayaker/climber and hiker. Iv found this book really interesting, exceeding various first aid courses. The book covers some extra topics like lightning and Drowning, something iv never been taught about. The book is set out really well with real life stories and useful pictures throughout.

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. :)
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For some time there has been a gap between everyday first aid manuals and expedition or wilderness medicine books. The former mostly assume help is readily available; the latter are often pitched towards those with professional medical training.

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.
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