Accidents can happen anytime, anyplace. And knowing or not how to administer first aid care can be a matter of life and death.

The cost of work-related injury and disease to Australian economy amounts to roughly 5% of its GDP. So, shifting from the life-saving aspect, having trained staff at hand can reduce the severity of injuries and lower your medical costs.

All Australian workplaces are legally bound to ensure safety for employees and customers. Any non-compliance introduces severe penalties.

And did you know Australia has the lowest first-aid training rates in the world? With less than 5% of people trained? So, give your humble contribution to safer Australia by having your staff trained.

Today we introduce you to amazing must-have first aid books. Having them in your office or clinic can make all the difference when your first aiders are up against the wall. Not everything is going to stick with them after the training.

So these resources are an excellent cue to trigger their memory. Referring to one of those when emergency medical conditions arise can largely impact workplace accident outcomes and help save lives.

1. ACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition (DK First Aid Manual)

Your co-worker has collapsed, shows symptoms of a heat stroke or has had a fracture. What do you do?

The updated 5th edition of the DK First Aid Manual will keep you updated on more than 100 different conditions.

Responding effectively to workplace emergencies makes first aiders real-life heroes. But even heroes need to refresh their memory every so often. This handbook will help you provide immediate response in cases of faints, fractures, strokes, and more.

It will help you deal with an unforeseen emergency in the most clear-cut way. Faithful representations of real-life emergency situations in step-by-step photographic sequences will help you know exactly what to do.

Expect straightforward instructions, with the summary of causes, symptoms, signs and action plans.

Get this book on Amazon or skim through the book reviews. Still, you won’t make much use of the book if you don’t already have staff members trained in basic first aid.

So, go on and exhibit this poster in your common area to showcase the value of joining the team of lifesavers.

2. Responding to Emergency: American Red Cross

This textbook will help you prepare for the unexpected in a wide variety of emergencies. It will also let you in on lots of prevention strategies. Unfortunately, we tend to overlook the fact that healthy lifestyle can help prevent injury and sudden illness.

This book will give you the confidence to treat an accident victim until proper care is administered by a professional.

The revised 2012 edition of this hands-on and comprehensive manual is updated with the latest scientific research in emergency cardiovascular care and first aid.

Find your copy on Amazon.

3. Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

Is your company ready for an immediate response if any medical emergency should arise? With this handy pocket-size manual, it will be. Equally perfect for day-hiking and trips as well as urban disaster situations, this book includes response to:

This easy-to-read book will have a profound impact on your first aiders’ confidence in performing life-saving actions. Take a peek at an Amazon review showcasing its strengths:

“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.”

So, lay your hands on this pocket guide and live ready.

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

This manual is the authorised workbook of Australian First Aid and Australia’s first choice when it comes to first aid guidebooks. It deals with 100 critical subjects and covers all major emergency conditions.

It’s an inspiring informative guide that will fill you in on everything you need to know. A good learning aid that will whip you into shape so you can gather your wits at a critical moment and effectively respond to an emergency condition.

It is signed by Mr. John Haines, a mobile intensive care paramedic and director of Australian First Aid and Medic Media International.

Freshen up your first aid knowledge with the hot off the press edition of this Emergency Manual.

Hope For the Best, Prepare for the Worst

All the books presented here are suitable for Australian workplaces. They will assist your first aiders to react properly when the moment calls. Browse through our hand-picked selection of first aid books for more similar editions.

With things like workplace safety, you can’t just bury your head in the sand. It’s what brings disastrous consequences. You need to have sufficient staff numbers with skills and knowledge to treat the injured immediately until further help arrives. Having someone at your workplace who’s trained in first aid responses can help turn touch-and-go situations into favourable ones.

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