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Life's Little Emergencies

A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers


Rod Brouhard

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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

Product Details

  • Publication Date November 21, 2011
  • Page Count 230
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303151

About The Author(s)

Rod Brouhard

Rod Brouhard is a paramedic with more than 20 years experience responding to 911 calls in an ambulance and as a firefighter. He has spent the majority of his career treating and transporting the "Medicare crowd" as he referred to them. For ten years he directed the emergency medical services program at one of California's oldest community colleges and he 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. All of this experience as a teacher helps him to communicate with readers in the most simple and entertaining way possible. 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. Right now he is the Guide to First Aid for, a part of The New York Times Company. He sends out a regular newsletter through and tweets under his own name (you can follow him if you want.)

Table of Contents

"Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1. Is This an Emergency?
Chapter 2. The 411 on 911
Chapter 3. Gearing Up
Chapter 4. Keeping A History of You
Chapter 5. Oh What a Pill
Chapter 6. Helping Your Neighbors: Getting Permission and Avoiding Mistakes
Part II: Getting Serious: Life-Saving Skills
Chapter 7. Staying Safe: No Heroics
Chapter 8. Doing CPR
Chapter 9. Choking and Drowning
Chapter 10. Controlling Bleeding
Part III: Assessing and Treating Injuries
Chapter 11. Help! I Don't Know Where to Start
Chapter 12. Caring for Burns
Chapter 13. Knocking the Noggin
Chapter 14. Dressing Cuts and Scrapes
Chapter 15. Treating and Splinting Breaks and Sprains
Chapter 16. DUCK! Treating Slings
Arrows and Other Penetrations or Impalements
Part IV: Feeling Sick
Chapter 17. Having Headaches and Pains in the Neck
Chapter 18. Breathing, It's a Good Thing
Chapter 19. Someone's Sitting On My Chest
Chapter 20. Rumbling in the Tummy: Bellyaches and Other Abdominal Pains
Part V: Surviving the Great Outdoors
Chapter 21. Getting Too Hot.
Chapter 22. Getting Too Cold
Chapter 23. Dodging Spiders
Snakes and Other Critters
Part VI: Special Stuff
Chapter 24. For the Grandkids
Chapter 25. Avoiding Poisons and Treating Poisonings
Chapter 26. Pushing Drugs: Medication Reactions and Interactions
Chapter 27. Biggest First Aid Myths
Part VII: References"