First aid for Japan tsunami survivors

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Following the devastating earthquake in Japan, the Japanese Red Cross has requested first aid advice for the survivors from DK books, the publishers of the UK’s new first aid manual.

Guidance on conditions such as hypothermia, dehydration, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea will be translated into Japanese and made available for free via the website of the Japanese Red Cross.

Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross head of first aid, said: “After a large scale natural disaster such as the Japanese tsunami, management of low-level conditions and infections is vital to ensure they do not develop into more serious complications. Helping survivors to manage and treat symptoms takes the strain off the emergency medical teams; it also helps people recover psychologically if they are able to help themselves or their family.”

There are still between 160,000 to 170,000 people living in over 2000 evacuation centres across 17 prefectures in Japan. The Japanese Red Cross has sent 609 medical teams in total to the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and mobile medical teams are operating in the evacuation centres.

Joe continues: “Injuries experienced after the tsunami vary from cuts and lacerations, to stomach or respiratory problems caused by exposure to flood waters or the cold weather. Put in the context of a disaster, it shows how even some basic first aid knowledge could help make a big difference – both in the immediate aftermath, and as people recover.”

The ninth edition of the First Aid Manual was released this week (11-15 April, First Aid Awareness Week) has been produced by the UK’s leading First Aid Providers St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and British Red Cross. DK and Nankodo, the Japanese publishers of the manual, are delighted to provide content from the book, to help support the relief effort.