Doc's First Aid Guide


Non-Fiction - Self Help
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/04/2012
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Author Biography

Kathleen Handal, MD is a nationally and internationally known emergency medicine “Doc”. She authored “The American Red Cross First Aid & Safety Handbook” (Little, Brown & Co. 1992) was written for the lay audience. Doc believes physicians have a responsibility to teach and share medical common sense. Her website, Dochandal.com, serves as a base for her many consumer education endeavors. A frequent host and co-host on talk-radio health shows, she has also appeared on CNN and the Today Show. Her medical emergencies in the workplace video won a bronze medal in the International Cindy Competition and was a Telly Award finalist. She has co-authored a series of ECG textbooks for Delmar-Cengage Publishing. As part of her dedication to public education, she wrote, directed and produced

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Reviewed by Lori Moore for Readers' Favorite

Simple, straight, and to-the-point, "Doc’s First Aid Guide" by Kathleen A. Handal, MD, is an easy-to-use reference book that you could keep handy in your glove compartment, a kitchen drawer, or your office desk drawer. She emphasizes that the steps taken during the first few minutes of a medical emergency situation are critical and suggests that people read this book BEFORE they need it. I think she is right. I am such a geek, I even read my car owner’s manual from cover to cover before driving the car.

The formatting is logical and makes it very easy to instantly find the information you need for the type of emergency situation that you are experiencing. After the initial general information section, Dr. Handal provides the ABC’s of CPR, which everyone should learn how to administer, and then goes into the First Aid situations. I am so glad that you presented the information in alphabetical order as it makes it much easier to locate just what you need. The First Aid section covered topics from Allergic Reaction to Burns to Choking to Heat Exposure to Unconsciousness with dozens of topics in between.

Last but not least, she includes emergency first-aid techniques, a first aid kit checklist, and an emergency information info sheet. There are good diagrams included throughout the guide that show the reader how to perform the first aid being described. I appreciate how she included both the “What To Do” boxes as well as the “Do Not” icons to help guide the reader in an emergency.