I am assembling a first aid kit for my next hiking trip, and I would like to print and include a basic cheat sheet with essential information on how to treat common ailments. Also, I would like to have a separate short guide for CPR, with clear visuals, so it is the first thing people see if they open the kit. I have searched online but have not found anything satisfactory. Does anybody know of such material?

  • Many organizations have this sort of info on their webpage or app. Try Red Cross or St John as well known first-aid organizations. The initialisms such as DRSABCD, RICE, will help get you started.
    – bob1
    Jun 26, 2023 at 8:50
  • store.nols.edu/products/wilderness-medicine-pocket-guide is one such guide that I have in my kit. No affiliation other than being certified WFR through NOLS.
    – Jon Custer
    Jun 26, 2023 at 17:00
  • I use the WMA guide in my kit. Same as Jon, no affiliation beyond WFR cert/recert through them. I think it's pretty common for people to use the guide issued by the WFR certifying org they take a class through. This way the book language is aligned with what you've learned in class.
    – noah
    Jun 26, 2023 at 17:45
  • I'd argue the answer to your question depends on your level of medical training. If you have 0 training then arguably no cheat sheet is a perfect cheat sheet. You should know how to use any first aid materials you have, as well as information about any medications you carry (indications/interactions/contraindications/etc). What you carry can help guide your cheat sheet
    – noah
    Jun 26, 2023 at 17:48
  • If you read German: alpenverein.shop/publikationen/sicheramberg/…. Jun 27, 2023 at 9:33

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As with learning or improving any skill, the best advice is to take a course or read some books.

Depending where you live, there should be many urban first aid courses and a lesser number of wilderness first aid courses to take. There are also a large number of books on first aid for different situations. Some course providers also provide books.

In either case, there is likely to be some kind of "cheat sheet" -- a quick reference guide for critical and common medical problems. Note, however, that such "sheets" are often quite substantial; more like booklets.

That being said, here are some:

  • Folks, if you know of other good examples, maybe we can expand the list...
    – Martin F
    Jun 30, 2023 at 18:22
  • I find courses (and books) limited, unless you constantly practice and review them
    – njzk2
    Jun 30, 2023 at 20:36
  • @njzk2 - True, but it's hard to practice without any patients!
    – Martin F
    Jul 1, 2023 at 0:06

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