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Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival

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Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival” is a new book by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H., aka The Survival Doctor. You may remember my reviews of the Survival Doctor e-books, “The Survival Doctor's Guide to Wounds” and “The Survival Doctor's Guide to Burns”. Now Dr. Hubbard has come out with a brand new, extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid Fundamentals for Survival extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.

What's in “Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival”?

The book is organized into 7 chapters plus an index and introduction. Chapters include:

  1. First Aid Supplies
  2. Resuscitation
  3. Water and Hydration
  4. Exposure:  Hyperthermia and Hypothermia
  5. Skin Wounds
  6. Reactions:  Anaphylaxis, Skin Irritations and Poisoning
  7. Bones and Joints

The edge of of the book has color banding to make the individual chapters easier to find quickly, which I thought was a nice touch.

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid Fundamentals for Survival extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.

Each chapter is subdivided into more specific content areas. For instance, Exposure:  Hyperthermia and Hypothermia (chapter 4), is divided into:

  • Dress for Survival
  • Hyperthermia (Overheating)
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heatstroke
  • Hypothermia
  • How to Treat Hypothermia
  • Frostbite

Instructions are clear, concise and detailed. Illustrations and bullet lists help with quick first aid reference. Dr. Hubbard covers everything from minor backyard bumps and scrapes to full blown disaster response. There are tips for improvising emergency solutions with common household items, such as water filtration with a clean cotton t-shirt or improvising a brace for a broken bone with thick paper or a stick.

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Note for the squeamish – some wound/injury descriptions are very detailed. I have some experience with people and animal injuries and insides, and I could clearly picture the injuries being described. My stomach did a few flip flops here and there while reading. That said, better to familiarize yourself with this information before you need it so you can remain clear-headed when you do need it. This book would be great to pair up with First Aid Training from the Red Cross or other organization. At under $10 (retail price is $9.61), you can afford to keep one at home, in the glove compartment or in your 72 hour bag or medical kit.

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid Fundamentals for Survival is an extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.

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Note:  I did not receive monetary compensation for this review, only a copy of the book. If you choose to purchase the book through my amazon.com link, I received an affiliate payment at no extra cost to you.

Originally published in 2014, updated in 2016.

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74 Comments

  1. I was a paramedic (EMT 5) (PA in a small hosp ER) trained in Washington state some number of years ago and have loosely folllowed some of the changes in Emergency Medicine but like everybody age does catch up with us. In taking a more serious evaluation of my skills,(I still remember how to suture) but I fear I am behind in some of the basics. Where would you suggest I look at refreshing some of my knowledge and skills? I have already been through the basic first aid at the red crosss and in fact they wanted me to teach a class but I fear I am to rusty. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. In this day and age, I could use all your tips. Hope to meet you someday and personally thank you for helping people*
    Jennifer~

  3. If this book is like his Facebook posts, it will be straightforward and easy to understand with little fluffy filler and just good knowledge. If I don’t win I will be forced to buy the book.

  4. I’m just starting to learn and re-learn the importance of being prepared. I would love to win this book to aid in my education.

  5. We now are raising our two grandchildren, ages 6 and 2. It’s one thing to prepare and prep for my husband and I but now we the two little ones and that kinda freaks me out! So, I was wondering if you had any tips on preparedness/prepping with young children. I would love to win this book because I believe everyone needs hardcopy books like this to add to their collection to have great resources to refer back to or research an issue.
    Thanks!
    Melonie

  6. I don’t have any questions I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to win this book. It’s been on my wish list since it came out. And though the price is reasonable it’s still not in the very tight budget for awhile. Thank you again and good luck everyone.

  7. We keep sending up gallon milk jugs to my mom and dad’s to fill with their spring water to keep water on hand in case of an emergency. We have quite a storage now. We don’t drink the tap water here in town- it taste’s nasty and it is filled with fluoride and other nasty chemicals as well.

  8. First aid is one of the most.important of the survival tasks you need to learn. This manual would be a great addition to a survival pack to anyone.

  9. Good advise on the reading, being prepared BEFORE anything happens. Going through practice accidents and injuries, really does help keep your clear mind thinking. If you practice it and know what to do, it comes to you much more easily than not having any practice and reading as you go. Every family should have one of these books and study/practice it!

  10. My question is totally without an answer. Finances. I see so many things I want to do to try to be better prepared but just cannot find the means to do them. I’m thankful that we’re holding our head above the water but that’s about all. Thank you for the opportunity! Love your blog!

  11. I have a beat up ancient first aid manual from St John Ambulance–a modern living ready version would be an upgrade

  12. I thank you so much for this give away. My goal is to have enough books to give to our kids in their survival bag. My husband and I and 2 of the the 4 boys are Red Cross certified but you can never have enough information at the right time. Your information is wonderful!!

  13. I just bought this book yesterday for our first aid kit. My question would be, how do avoid becoming overwhelmed with prepping? I find my attention being drawn in way too many directions and I have been starting new projects without finishing others first.

  14. I have wanted this book since I first heard about it. It will answer a lot of my questions concerning the mefical oart of my prepping.

  15. What an awesome give away! I couldn’t get anyone to get me the book for xmas, so maybe fate will be kind.

  16. As a worker in the healthcare field I am always interested in learning more and having survival info at my fingertips..literally!

  17. I’ve just started reading up on preparedness, so I have a lot to learn to do this year! Honestly, I feel overwhelmed and am not sure where to start. Any suggestions with some easy things I can do now or buy?

  18. My husband is getting into preparedness and storing food/water, creating an emergency plan, etc. This book would be a real great asset to his learning.

  19. I don’t have any specific questions, but I am trying to assemble a good preparedness kit and I think this would be an excellent addition.

  20. As always your site is full of wonderful information and terrific ideas. You work so hard and are making the world a better place for us all. Thank you!

  21. I don’t have a specific preparedness question right now. I am aware that first aid is something we need to know more about, though. I’ve taken a basic CPR class and my husband has been reading books on natural remedies. This book will make a nice addition to our survival library. Thank you for offering it in a giveaway.

  22. I would like to know how to best store water, length of time it will last, and if there are BPA free storage alternatives.

  23. Looks like a great book. I think my biggest question is after prepping 72 hours worth of food for my family… what’s the next best step when you have to accumulate slowly due to time and money?

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