First aid manual launches its 10th edition

First Aid Manual 10 edition

The new 10th edition of the First aid manual, the UK’s leading written guidance for performing first aid, launched today, 20 February, including changes to the infant choking protocol.

Leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, co-authored and authorised the manual with two other primary first aid providers, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross.

Survey highlights need for more choking knowledge

A survey commissioned to mark the publication of this edition, highlighted the importance for people to know correct infant choking procedures.

The survey reveals that one-third of parents have experienced a situation where their child started choking – however half of parents did not know the correct procedure. Under half (47%) of parents said they managed to stop the child from choking but did not know if they followed official advice.

Andrew New, speaking on behalf of the charities said: ‘Treating a child for choking is easy when you know how. The material in the new manual has been set out in a clear and logical manner which equips people with up-to-date and helpful guidelines. The manual is a must for every household.’

The steps of a treatment for an infant choking:

  • lay them face down along your thigh and supported by your arm (previously this was done along the arm but the leg is felt to be more secure and provide more support.)
  • give them five back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand
  • check their mouth for any obstruction. If there is still a blockage, turn the infant onto their back and give up to five chest thrusts
  • use two fingers, push inwards and upwards against their breastbone
  • if the obstruction does not clear after three cycles of back blows and chest thrusts, call for an ambulance and continue until help arrives.

The manual has been published by Dorling Kindersley for 32 years. The 10th edition is a comprehensive guide to treating casualties of all ages in any emergency.

The first aid charities are constantly developing techniques to cater for a broad range of first aid needs. The fully revised manual has updated guidance for minor and major first aid situations, including severe bleeding, hypothermia, chest pains and pelvic injuries, with new protocol for head injuries.

St John Ambulance will implement all changes to exiting first aid procedures, as noted in the manual’s newest edition, across the organisation on 3 March 2014.

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* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Markettiers4DC.  Total sample size was 1001 parents of children under 5. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24 - 28 January 2014.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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