This manual, now in its fifth edition, is published in collaboration with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The content is based upon guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.
ACEP makes every effort to ensure that its reviewers are knowledgeable content experts. Readers are nevertheless advised that the statements and opinions in this publication are recommendations at the time of publication and should not be construed as official ACEP policy nor should the materials contained here be regarded as a substitute for medical advice. ACEP is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information. The materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure, or a standard of care. First aiders are advised to obtain training from a qualified trainer and keep their certification current, and to recognize the limits of their competence.
The first three chapters provide background information to help you manage a situation safely and learn how to assess a sick or injured person. Treatment for injuries and conditions is given in the chapters that follow, which are grouped by body system or the type of injury. The final chapter provides a quick-reference guide to emergency first aid.
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