Bringing your baby home for the very first time is a magical moment, but it is also an incredibly scary experience. All of a sudden, you are responsible for a tiny human being that you are yet to get to know.
When I first brought Amy home, I was completely overwhelmed with emotions. There was the sheer happiness of finally holding my baby girl in my arms, but also the fear of anything happening to her. I had had first aid training in the past (as part of my life guard training) and the idea of giving mouth to mouth to someone or stopping a bleed didn’t really phase me, but as soon as I became a mum I asked myself, if I would be able to give first aid and remain calm, if something happened to Amy?
Luckily, I never had to as, despite a minor bleed from her ear and a cut lip, Amy has been accident free since her birth, but I was glad when NetMums gave me the chance to review the 10th edition of the First Aid Manual, which was only recently brought out by Dorling Kindersley.
The First Aid Manual by DK is currently the only up-to-date manual on the market and the only one endorsed by St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross, the UK’s three leading first aid providers.
The book is divided into twelve well laid out chapters that give you essential information on the body’s anatomy as well as clear step-by-step guides that show you what to do in every single emergency scenario you can think of. And I really mean every single emergency scenario. There’s information on traffic incidents, fires, water incidents, electric incidents and many more, but at no time does this book become confusing or overwhelming. It’s perfect for those who want to simply pick up a book and read up on a specific situation without having to go through ten pages that might now be useful at all to them.
Colour-coded chapters make it easy to find the information that you are after while clear photographs and graphics support the content in a visually appealing way. All instructions are very clear and easy to follow and info boxes throughout the book allow you decide, if you need to make an emergency call or not. The red boxes are also very useful, if you use the book as a reference in an emergency. They sum up the most important steps in a couple of bullet points and allow you to dive in an out without spending too much time reading.
Personally, I wouldn’t use the book as a reference in an emergency situation, simply because I’d want to focus 100% of my attention on the casualty, but I think that along with a first aid course or to brush up on former knowledge, this First Aid Manual by DK is an incredibly important and helpful resource that every household should own.
It comes in a handy A5 format, costs about £10 depending on your retailer and most of all, has the ability to save lives. What’s not to like?
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