A printed copy of the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Participant Manual is available for purchase on the organization's online store. The organization also offers a free version of the manual that is available to view online or download.
In addition to the participant's manual, the Red Cross also offers first aid and CPR manuals for instructors and professional health care providers. A free online copy of the manual is available to professional rescuers and health care providers, but instructors need to purchase a copy from the online book store, which retails for $50, as of 2015.
The American Red Cross participant manuals include information on first aid, CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators, known as AEDs. Courses from the American Red Cross do not necessarily cover all of the topics covered in the manual. The Red Cross offers individual courses on each topic in addition to comprehensive ones. Before taking a course, participants should review the manual and complete the skill sheets at the end of each chapter.
For people who wish to use the manual as a refresher, the American Red Cross also offers a free online refresher course for certified individuals. The organization recommends reviewing first aid and CPR skills and knowledge every three months. The refresher course includes any updated information that may not have been included in a previous training or in the manual.