First Aid Book Reviews

First Aid Books that are Suitable for Workplaces in Australia.

It is hard to remember ‘all’ first aid responses to every situation unless you have a broad life-saving experience, so having a first aid book in your workplace or office is a handy reference.

Here is a list of bestselling first aid books to guide and help you respond appropriately to injuries and emergency situations that can happen anytime.

These books cover in depth discussions on first aid topics, types of injuries, medical information and how to provide immediate medical response during emergency situations. Some books also cover advanced topics on first aid cases.

Note: Alsco do not sell any of these books, they are available for sale either on Amazon or other online bookstores.


ACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition (Dk First Aid Manual)

The 5th edition of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ First Aid Manual is updated with more than 100 different conditions from faints to fractures, strokes, and unconsciousness. It also shows the exact step-by-step photographic sequences and procedures to guide you on what to do when these conditions arise.

Each emergency condition has a clear explanation, with an outline of causes, symptoms, signs and action plans. The latest version has the instructions easier to follow.

  • Author: Gina M. Piazza, DO, FACEP
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 5 edition (September 1, 2014)

Reviews From Amazon:
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Best First Aid Manual I have ever owned“Great colored pictures on each page.Step by step using real pictures. Also, the information covered….anything from bruises to head trauma are covered What YOU as a non-professional can do to mitigate a situation. Also what items you need to have on hand and how to use them..and why. Great book.”…

From ACEP Bookstore
A life-saving reference that you can keep with you at home, in the car or while traveling. The updated design makes the emergency first aid procedures easier to follow.

The American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual is a traditional first-aid guide, but what makes it stand out is the inclusion of color photographs clearly depicting the emergency or first-aid situation being discussed. Even readers with limited training will find it easy to follow the instructions by looking at the photographs.

From Library Journal
The American College of Emergency PhysiciansR First Aid Manual is a traditional first-aid guide, but what makes it stand out is the inclusion of over 500 color photographs clearly depicting the emergency or first-aid situation being discussed. Even readers with limited training will find it easy to follow the instructions by looking at the photographs. The book is divided into color-coded sections for easy access to information. Krohmer, the book’s medical editor, is both a professor of emergency medicine (Coll. of Human Medicine, Michigan State Univ., Lansing) and director of EMS, Emergency Medicine Residency in Grand Rapids.

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Showing you how to treat someone suffering from over 100 medical conditions and injuries, whether a minor burn or a heart attack, this latest edition of the best-selling American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual gives you the knowledge you need instantly if someone becomes ill or gets hurt.


The American Red Cross First AId and Safety Handbook

The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook

This is an authoritative guidebook that shows how to handle every type of first aid emergencies. This handbook is based on course materials used by the US Red Cross chapters. The first moments after an injury occurs are the most critical.

  • Author: Kathleen A. Handal, American Red Cross
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 27, 1992)

Reviews From Amazon:
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Every household needs a first aid book and this is a good one. “…It is well written, easy to understand, and contains a wealth of information that can help you in every situation from a paper cut to a broken leg. I picked this book in particular because of its affiliation with the Red Cross. I am not a health care worker, but I figure I can have confidence in anything the Red Cross puts their name on even if it is a little out of date.

When I started looking through the book I learned many things and found that many of the things I thought I knew were wrong…”

From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
I remember my mother keeping an old Red Cross first aid manual in the house when I was a kid; I would consult it whenever my teddy bear needed a sling or bandage. My bear survived, but I’m not sure what happened to that book. Happily, I found this new Handbook.

It still has instructions for making slings, as well as current information for dealing with all sorts of emergencies from cuts and burns to electrocutions and strokes. Be sure to keep it with your first aid kit cabinet for on-the-spot reference. — review by FGP


Responding to emergencies comprehensive first aid

Responding to Emergency: American Red Cross

This textbook is designed particularly for the academic market. It facilitates learning and comprehension of the knowledge and skills needed to effectively respond to emergency conditions. The revised 2012 edition is updated with the latest science in emergency cardiovascular care and first aid. The book covers first aid as a stand-alone course, but can also be combined with Child CPR/AED or Adult study questions that can help you use the skills needed to respond in any emergency condition.

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Staywell (CA); 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • 4th Edition available in Amazon.

Reviews From Amazon:
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Clear & Concise book “Easy to read manual that went over information in a quick but descriptive manner. Although the class is more hands on than usual classes, the book has a lot of images and thorough instructions for all of the emergencies situations included”

Review from Goodreads:
This book covers a wide variety of emergencies and what you can do in the event of them. I really enjoyed it…

About First Aid—Responding to Emergencies
Learn the skills necessary to respond to emergency situations and discover how practicing a healthy lifestyle can help prevent injury and sudden illness. You’ll also be trained to make first aid decisions and provide care for a wide variety of emergencies until professional medical help arrives.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross in Greater New York is a nonprofit humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to individuals affected by disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It accomplishes this mission through services that are consistent with its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross movement.


LIving Ready Pocket Manual First Aid Fundamentals for Survival

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

This book will help you take a fast and effective action to stabilise an emergency situation. Every second counts during a medical emergency, so whether you are miles away from help or in an urban disaster situation, you will know what to do. You can be prepared by arming yourself with the knowledge of first aid that can save a life.

This book contains step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. It contains prevention and response to:

Plus, you’ll find detailed packing lists for survival first aid kits in various sizes.

You can add this pocket-sized manual to your first aid kit, day-hiking packs or vehicle kits.

  • Author: James Hubbard
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Living Ready (December 31, 2013)

Reviews From Amazon:
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EXCELLENT BOOK that does exactly what it is designed to do.“I am a retired military guy and combat veteran, familiar with many First Aid books, procedures, and styles. I found this to be an excellent book, in a compact form, that surpasses most other “fundamental” use-in-the-field “First Aid” books on the market…

…This book is laid out to allow the reader to easily find various topics and specific subject material in a very expedient manner…Frankly, I find this to be a very sophisticated and informative book, written in everyday layman terms, for medical emergencies that one could expect to encounter away from medical facilities…”

About the Author:
Dr. James Hubbard, MD, MPH, is a best-selling author, speaker and publisher of He writes easy-to-read books on how to deal with medical problems during a disaster, while stranded in the wilderness or whenever expect help is impossible to get. He believes that lifesaving medical information shouldn’t be reserved for health care professionals only. “Everyone deserves the chance to survive,” he says.


The Survival Medicine Handbook for When Help is Not on the Way

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

If you want to be prepared medically when there are emergencies or disasters, and help is NOT on the way, this handbook is perfect for you. This book does not only teaches you standard first aid, it also assumes that no doctor or hospital is available in the given circumstance. It guides you and gives you the tools to handle injuries and illnesses when you might be the only hope there is. It is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic and emergency cases. It is a valuable go-to reference that you can use whenever a doctor is not available.

  • Author: Joseph Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton
  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Doom and Bloom; Revised & enlarged edition (June 13, 2013)

Reviews From Amazon:
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EXTREMELY USEFUL, INFORMATIVE, AND CONCISE! “…Although I have collected hundreds of books that cover this topic, I felt this one is extremely useful for my daughter to have in her home. This handbook outlines several conditions for one to identify with as it offers step-by-step instructions, with solutions for unexpected health problems. This informative guide also prepares for any disaster, where help is not on the way. It is specifically designed for the non-medical professional to help deal and cope with unexpected issues during emergencies.

Some of the topics covered are fractures, nosebleed, chest pain, and much more. Dr. Joseph Alton highlights several medical conditions, covering over 100 medical issues. In addition, he provides information on how to handle different situations, what to look for, and how to treat. This is a valuable, essential reference book for every home. Highly recommended!”

Review From Goodreads:
Excellent medical advice from a doctor. The information in this book might save your life if you are ever in a survival situation and need medical attention.


Urban Survival Handbook Effective First Aid Tips That Will Help You Save Lives

Urban Survival Handbook: 11 Effective First Aid Tips That Will Help You Save Lives (How To Survive Your First Disaster)

This book has a complete set of guides and tips on what to do in case there is an injury. The book addresses everyone so you can extend help to someone who suffered a wound or an injury in an unfortunate event. It teaches us to save a life when needed.

  • Author: Urban Survival Handbook
  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 19, 2015)

Reviews From Amazon:
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Useful. “This was a cool and useful primer on all things emergency. “First Aid: 11 Effective First Aid Tips That Will Help You Save Lives (How To Survive Your First Disaster) (Urban Survival Guide, First Aid Basics, Emergency Preparedness)” hits the key stuff in a fast overview. Starting with trauma and emergency situations, this book give you clear and memorable methods on the best way to handle these situations. I like that it is concise, because that’s all you’ll be able to recall when an emergency happens. Recommended. Five stars.”


American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

The ultimate first aid handbook from the experts!

The AMA Handbook of First Aid and Medical Care is the go-to reference for emergencies that no home will want to be without. Full of practical, clear, and easy-to-understand advice, this resource ensures that every household is prepared for any type of medical situation. Includes line drawings and instructions to help people through emergency situations, as well as a medical information chart that everyone should have on hand.

It features:

  • an alphabetically listed illness, injuries, and emergencies so you can easily find the information
  • up-to-date CPR information for infants, children, and adults
  • first aid techniques for emergencies
  • conditions on when to call your doctor or the hospital and what information to relay to them
  • life-saving techniques and instructions on how to transport a victim with head or neck injuries
  • treatment and recovery for sports injuries
  • comprehensive index and a complete list of subject and symptoms

The American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care gives you a quick, easy, and clear information on what you need so you can make a difference between life and death.

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Rev Sub edition (August 29, 1990)

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AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care “Part I of this book includes planning for emergencies. Topics covered are safeguarding your home against accidents, what to tell medical personnel when an emergency situation occurs and medical charts to fill out for family members. Emergency procedures, i.e., CPR and the Heimlach Maneuver, are highlighted with red on the edge of the book for quick reference. Other areas covered are recognizing medical problems, snake and insect bites and sports injuries. This is a great book to keep with a First Aid Kit.”

From Library Journal
This much-needed revision of the AMA’s Handbook (LJ 10/1/80) ranks as one of the best in a plethora of first-aid guides. The previous edition’s introductory essays on general procedures have been retained, but this edition has added sections on such things as the Heimlich maneuver. The main section, alphabetically arranged entries on injuries and diseases, is in the same format as the previous edition; each entry includes background information, a “what to do” list, symptoms, continued care, and immediate treatment. A new section on sports injuries has been added as Part 3. Although designed for home use (with fill-in charts for emergency phone numbers and family member medical history), this book has a place on the shelf of any medical reference collection.- Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Libs., Lexington


Australian First Aid St John Ambulance Australia

Australian First Aid (St John Ambulance Australia)

This is a first aid book that is particularly designed for Australian conditions. Australian First Aid Manual by St. John Ambulance Australia is a comprehensive authorised manual that is created to support St. John first aid training. It covers clear and simple first aid advice, easy to follow how-to’s for any emergency, latest research as reviewed by St. John experts and consultants. It also includes DRABCD action plans, resuscitation techniques and management of other life-threatening conditions. It represents the culmination of over 100 years teaching and practice of first aid.

At the beginning of the book, there is a quick guide to assist you with first aid emergencies, then followed by a number of colour-coded chapters that covers the mostly encountered injuries and illnesses.

From St John Ambulance Australia
The book on St John Ambulance Australia website

This book is also available in Boat Books Australia.


Emergency First Aid by John Haines

Emergency First Aid Manual by John Haines (Australian First Aid)

The Emergency First Aid covers 100 critical subjects and is the authorised workbook of Australian First Aid. It is an informative, comprehensive and stimulating book that will equip readers with the skill and ability to handle emergency situations using life-saving techniques. It is the culmination of all the years of work by an experienced mobile intensive care paramedic and managing director of Australian First Aid and Medic Media International, Mr. John Haines. He has over 30 years experience on First Aid provision and teaching.

This is an ideal teaching aid for trainers and educators or an excellent manual for every home. Covering all major First Aid Emergencies. It is widely preferred First Aid Manual on the Australian Market today.

There are already 19 editions of this work.

Paperback: 282 pages
Author: John Haines
Published: [Upwey, Vic.] : Medic Media, 2009.

From The National Library of Australia
The 15th Edition of this book is available on Trove National Library of Australia

The 16th Edition of this book is also available on APL Healthcare


First Aid Taking Action

First Aid Taking Action (National Safety Council)

This book covers all materials and information required to finish a semester-long First Aid course. It focuses on teaching how to identify and respond to emergencies and how to sustain life until professional help can arrive. It also features guidelines on how to perform proper CPR, choking care, how to use an AED, and how to assist breathing and cardiac emergencies based on the 2005 national guidelines.

An injury or sudden illness may not be life-threatening, but immediate action can mean the difference between a quick complete recovery from a long, painful one. The National Safety Council’s book teaches readers to care for an injured person or sick person while waiting for professional help to arrive.

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First Aid Handbook by Pippa Keech

First Aid Handbook By Pippa Keech

This handbook is an authoritative manual compiles all safe and reliable first aid tips and how-to’s into one handy volume. This book is a great way to learn the basics of first aid. It is fully illustrated, with a complete guide to updated information and expert advice on the safest and easiest ways to prevent and deal with any kind of emergency situations. It also covers:

  • life-saving techniques
  • infant and child emergencies
  • outdoor safety and safety tips for travelers
  • tips on accident preventions and how to avoid dangerous medical situations, and
  • alternative treatments and solutions.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Author: Pippa Keech
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing


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