Printed Books You Should Own

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There are at least 3 types of printed books every person should own. They do not take the place of a First Aid or EMT class; everyone should maintain updated first aid skills with periodic training.

The essential books you should have are:

1. A simple First Aid book from a trusted authority. Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook and Rescue 911 Family First Aid are both excellent.

First aid teaches what to do until help arrives. The other two books show what to do if they don’t.

2.The Ship’s Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea

The Ship’s Medicine Chest and the Illustrated Medical Dictionary increase my chances of saving someone in a more difficult emergency scenario. Captains and sailors have relied on the first book since 1881. It’s updated periodically and you can find a .pdf download on the web AND I recommend printing it in case power is out.

3.Melloni’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary or Gray’s Atlas of Anatomy

Pretend someone in your party gets appendicitis. I might figure out that it needs to be removed. I’d like to see a picture of it before I operate, thus the illustrations. Having medical guidance is a valuable set of skills in an emergency.

The paperbacks can be carried with a small, customized first aid kit. The hardbacks give you a fighting chance of saving someone when you’ve had little medical training. These are at your base, if you can reach it.

It’s not enough to have a book you can read IF there is an emergency. First Aid classes give you confidence, examples and practical skills you can use. Imagine You are the Victim and the only one who could tell others what to do to save your life. A first aid class is essential.

THE SECRET is to Start Preparing Now. You are smart enough to come by and learn. Start today.

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

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