32 First-Aid / Medical Manuals for Download (PDF)

These first-aid booklets are mandatory to have on any phone, tablet, Kindle, and laptop. And since most of them are really short, you can even print several copies out to have in your bug out bag for grid-down situations.


This is the most complex info sheet I could find, as it allows you to fill out lots of info about each family member all in one page. Download it from here, print it and fill it out for each of your loved ones.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

A quick, two page brochure showing how to perform CPR on adults as well as babies. Get it here.

American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

A 50 page handbook with very good photos, and straight to the point info. You can download it here.

Comprehensive Guide for First Aid & CPR – Canadian Red Cross

A whopping 233 page guide about anything related to first aid, CPR included. it will probably take a little while to download, but you can get it here.

How to Perform CPR: A Guide for Lifeguards

Infant CPR –

This one is targeted at children. Short and to the point, with good illustrations of the steps. Get it here.

First Aid for Burns – by the Burn Institute

A really short guide with action steps to take in case of minor burns. Download it from here.

First aid for minor burns and scalds – Government of Western Australia

Another quick guide on handling burns with the basics of what to do. Get it here.

PATIENT PREPAREDNESS PLAN – by the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition

A good checklist of what you or a loved one with diabetes should have in their bug out bag in case of a disaster or emergency. Get the PDF here.

Disaster Planning Toolkit for Diabetes Educators and other Healthcare Professionals

This guide is mostly for diabetes professionals and healthcare workers, but still useful if you’re prepping on your own. Direct download at this link.

First Aid for Minor Burns – from the American Burn Association

Short and sweet, only one page long. Get it here.

Burn injury prevention and first aid – ACI Statewide Burn Injury Service

This one is also focused on prevention. Definitely worth making several copies of. Download it here.

First Aid for Burns and Scalds – by the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery

This one’s nice because of the large images that they use to get the points across. definitely worth sharing with your children. Get it here.

Basic BSA First Aid

This one covers a variety of first aid scenarios. No photos unfortunately. Download it from here.

U.S. Army Field Manual 8-51: Stress Control

Stress will be part of survival regardless of whatever disaster or emergency you’re facing. And if you don’t manage it, it could lead you down to a dangerous path. Download the 255-page manual here.


Quick PDF article on blister prevention and treatment, available here.

Bites and stings quick guide – by St. John’s Ambulance, Australia

A quick one pager covering snake bites, jellyfish, and spiders. Get it here.

Insect Stings and Bites: Basic Information About Bees, Wasps, and Ants

This one is from the U.S. Forest Service. It’s pretty in-depth, but the 10 pages still make it an easy ready. Get it here.

Avoiding and Treating Work-Related Insect Bites and Stings

Another good one covering bees, wasps, scorpions and more. Available here.

What should I do if an animal bites me? – from the University of Notre Dame

A quick guide covering rabies prevention, and treating animal bites. Download it here.

Dog Bite – First Aid – West Bengal Public Library Network

A short one page PDF covering dog bit first aid. You can access it here.

Mammal Bites: Management and Prevention

Covers various types of bites, from dogs, bats, felines, and more. Download it at this location.

First Aid for Bites and Stings

Covers snake, tick, insect and even human bites. Get it here.

FM 8-50 US Army – “Bandaging and Splinting”

This 1957 United States Army manual is all about bandaging and splinting various parts of the body. Although the illustrations are basic and black and white, they showcase the bandages pretty well. Get it here.

 FM 21-11 First Aid for Soldiers

The United States Army manual for first aid. 224 pages in length, available here.

Medical NBC Battlebook

A more advanced military manual covering health issues in places with nuclear, biological and chemical threats (NBC). Get it here.

Survival and Austere Medicine: An introduction – Second Edition

This one is 213 pages, but it’s well worth the read, as it is focused exclusively on survival medicine. It covers every imaginable aspects for making it in austere conditions, including nutrition, using plants to alleviate conditions, shelter, women’s issues, and even dental care. Free download here.

Emergency Childbirth

A really useful manual covering what to do and what not to do when assisting a childbirth. Available here.

Family Guide Emergency Healthcare

This manual is a joint publication from the U.S. Department of Defense, and Department of Health, so you can be pretty sure the 84 pages are pretty thorough, even though it was released in the ’70s. Download here.

U.S. Army Special Forces Medical Handbook – ST 31-91B

This book was originally written as reference for Special Forces doctors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a lot from it. Direct download link here.

U.S. ARMY IS-0825 Combat Lifesaver Course 0825CC

This one is a more advanced military book, yet something you might want to have a s a refresher if you’re already a trained professional. It also has exercises to help improve retention rates. Available here.


A really interesting read on disease transmission, bacteria, and notions of microbiology. Get it here.

U.S. ARMY MD-0804 – Pharmacology I MD0804

Since there are thousands of pages of good medical info, I suggest you save this page to one of your Pinterest boards so you can come back to it later.

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