Life's Little Emergencies: A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers

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Demos Medical Publishing, Nov 21, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 217 pages
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"Written in plain English with a touch of humor (the best medicine) Life's Little Emergencies, A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers is a medical crisis handbook for active independent seniors and caregivers alike. The first section of the book covers techniques and conditions common to senior citizens: skin tears, fractures, and dehydration to name just a few. It discusses life-saving techniques like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. The first aid information is backed up by research and twenty plus years experience of actual care by someone who still treats real victims first hand.

However, Life's Little Emergencies, A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers is much more than just a first aid book. The remaining sections discuss learning life-saving skills, how to assess and treat an injury, when you feel sick, the great outdoors and much more. It's a manual for planning and making serious medical decisions and for getting help when seniors need it most - at home or on the road. It includes ways to "call 911" even in other countries where 911 is a different number entirely.

Life's Little Emergencies, A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers guides the reader through anything from a minor cut to a major stroke. There are do-it-yourself first aid tips as well as ways to be prepared for an emergency, advice on when to reach out for help, and how to take care of oneself. Full of practical, clear, and easy-to-understand advice, this resource ensures that every household with an older person is prepared for any medical emergency from cuts to cardiac arrest.

Special Features of Life's Little Emergencies include:

  • Step-by-step instructions take the reader through life-saving and first aid skills
  • Illustrated throughout with steps steps illustrated as appropriate
  • Sidebars throughout the text provide additional information
  • Each chapter includes a source list for individuals who want more information on the tips and advice in the book
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User Review  - buchowl - LibraryThing

Reading this book was like chatting with a friendly neighbor who just happens to be a paramedic. The tone is conversational yet to the point and covers just about every situation that can come up in ... Read full review

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User Review  - TallyDi - LibraryThing

My kind of emergency handbook: short and to the point. It is going on the shelf next to my pediatric emergency book: that one will still be for the kids and this one will be for me and the things I ... Read full review

Contents

Section II Saving Lives
42
Section III Injuries and Illnesses
70
Section IV Surviving the Environment
160
Notes
207
Index
211
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About the author (2011)

Rod Brouhard is a paramedic with more than 20 years experience responding to 911 calls in an ambulance and as a firefighter. For ten years he directed the emergency medical services program at one of California's oldest community colleges and began freelance writing during his tenure there. He trained emergency medical technicians and oversaw the first responder, pre-paramedic, and electrocardiogram interpretation courses. In 2005, Rod was honored as EMS Educator of the Year for the Mountain-Valley EMS Agency, a five-county region in Northern California. In March 2006, Rod was given the prestigious Star of Life Award from the California Ambulance Association. In May 2006, he received the national Star of Life Award from the American Ambulance Association. Rod was also honored as Paramedic of the Year for 2006 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199. He writes regularly for trade journals such as EMS Magazine and EMS Product News, he's also a regular contributor to the Modesto Bee in Modesto, CA. He has published in various magazines and newspapers nationally, as well as regional markets on both coasts. Currently he is the Guide to First Aid for About.com, a part of The New York Times Company.

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