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New procedures in this 2014 release
on 8 February 2014
If there is one book I think everyone should have at home and read cover to cover it is this one. The First Aid Manual is not only a reference for the public on first aid but forms the core syllabus of the training given to first aiders from each of the three voluntary aid societies (The British Red Cross, St Andrews First Aid and St John Ambulance). If you receive treatment from a first aider at a public event, this will be the book that trained the volunteers treating you. It's also used in many First Aid at Work courses as their primary reference.
The 2014 update has changes for management of unconscious casualties, use of anaphylaxis auto injectors, management of head injuries, treatment of hypoglycaemia, pelvic injuries, choking in children and infant seizures among others. If you perform first aid as part of your job, as a volunteer or want to provide the best care to your family then its definitely worth updating as this is not an expensive manual.
The manual is very easy to use with clear pictures, diagrams and flow charts showing you the procedure to follow in an emergency. Whilst reading through it is advised (particularly for CPR, unconscious casualties, choking and severe bleeding where you have less time to react), it's an easy reference to follow when you need it and should help keep you calm as you go through the step by step procedures.
I'd also recommend attending a basic first aid course as practice on some techniques such as CPR and the recovery position is the best way to learn. All three voluntary aid societies offer courses, many for free or very low cost.