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Field guide: Riot Medicine

A quick reference for first aiders during protests
Last update: Dec 22, 2020

This book is a companion to the book Riot Medicine and is intended to be used as a field guide for riot medics. It does not cover theory, and it does not have detailed explanations or clarifications of terms or treatments. Reading this book without first reading Riot Medicine can endanger patients. Neither this book nor Riot Medicine are substitutes for formal training.

This book is short and meant to be carried in your bag as a quick reference if you find yourself needing to double check signs, symptoms, or treatment. Ideally most of this information should be memorized.

Download this field guide as PDF (52 pages).


  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Basic Life Support
  • Blast Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Burns
  • Cardiac Chest Pain
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Dog Bites
  • Drug Overdoses
  • Flail Chest
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Frostbite
  • Gunshot Wounds
  • Handcuff Neuropathy
  • Heat Illness
  • Hematomas
  • Hyper- and Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypothermia
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Lung Injuries
  • Non-Freezing Cold Injuries
  • Open Abdominal Wounds
  • Psychological Care
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Rib Fractures
  • Riot Control Agent Contamination
  • Scalp Injuries
  • Seizures
  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • Shock
  • Skull Fractures
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Stab Wounds
  • Stroke
  • Wound Management

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