First aid instruction book, St John Ambulance Association, United Kingdom, 1938

Made:
1938 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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'First Aid to the Injured' book. Full view on blue perspex background.
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'First Aid to the Injured' book, 1938

The St John Ambulance Association was founded in 1877 as a voluntary organisation originally dedicated to providing emergency help for industrial workers. This was then broadened to providing assistance at public events and the Association essentially remained the foremost provider of ambulance services until the formation of the NHS in 1948.

St John Ambulance Association volunteers used this book to help their training in basic first aid. It contains information and illustrations on treatments for different injuries, such as burns, fractures, sprains, cuts and minor poisonings as well as emergency techniques such as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The volunteers would have attended a series of lectures, each focussing on a different system of the body. Each lecture had a practical element where the volunteers learned to apply first aid techniques.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1999-909 Pt23
Materials:
cardboard and paper
type:
book
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication

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