3 Reasons I Don’t Teach Surgery—Even to Survivalists

Everyone deserves the chance to survive. If you’re a longtime reader, you know that motto propels my mission. Much of the information I share here and in my books and training course is normally reserved [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|General, Other Wounds, Skin|22 Comments

Hey, Hollywood, Leave the Bullet Alone!

At one point in the movie comedy The Green Hornet (2011), the Hornet (Seth Rogen) gets shot in the shoulder. He can’t go to the hospital or his identity will be found out. So, in [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Other Wounds, Skin|6 Comments

How to Treat Gunshot Wounds When No Help Is Coming

Given what’s been happening in the world lately, we’ve been talking about what to do when you or someone near you is injured through unexpected violence. Two weeks ago, I told you what I think [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Other Wounds, Skin|3 Comments

Gunshot Wounds: What to Do If You or Someone Near You Gets Shot

Here in the United States, shootings are on most of our minds right now. Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights … the list goes on. Many people have died. And many more are trying to [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Other Wounds, Skin|14 Comments

Quiz: Could You Survive a Bear Mauling?

A few weeks ago, Kenneth Steck, of Juneau, Alaska, was charged and mauled by a brown bear in Yakutat, Alaska. In the video below, he tells his story—fortunate to be alive. If you were in [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Critters, Other Wounds, Skin|3 Comments

Experts’ 10 Best Home Remedies—Using Stuff Around Your House

Editor’s note: A version of this article was published in My Family Doctor magazine.* When you’re in a pinch, try these top, expert-suggested remedies—using things you already have around the house! […]

3 Age-Old Wound-Dressing Questions, Answered

Part 2 in my modern wound care series. See part 1, on the latest advice for cleaning a wound, here. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH How many cuts and scrapes have you gotten in your life? Probably quite a few. Yet, to this day, do you know whether it’s better to keep a wound covered or let it air out? Simple wound-care questions like that have left even doctors debating the answers. So earlier this year, an article in American Family Physician, the journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, offered some answers. For the article, three researchers from Thomas Jefferson University looked at a number of studies on wound care and formulated guidelines based on the findings. Here are some highlights. […]

By | April 20th, 2015|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|3 Comments

The Latest on Advanced Wound Cleaning: Beyond the Paper Cut

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you want to expand your survival-medicine knowledge beyond first aid but don’t know where to start, wound treatment is a great choice. Whether it’s during a disaster or just in your everyday life, you’ll eventually face a wound of some sort. You can learn a lot of advanced but easy-to-follow treatment details from my two affordable, interactive e-books, The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds and The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns. They cover gashes, bites, burns and more. I’ve also come across an excellent review regarding certain aspects of wound care: the Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Basic Wound Management in the Austere Environment, published last summer. To create the recommendations in this report, researchers reviewed available studies for objective evidence of what works and what doesn’t. In this post I’ll go into some of their conclusions about cleaning a wound. Some of the findings may surprise you. […]

By | April 13th, 2015|Cuts, Skin|10 Comments

The Survival Doctor’s Latest Tips on Tourniquets

This is the Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) by North American Rescue ($28.99*). Note the stick you can use to wind the tourniquet tighter. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A tourniquet seems so simple. At its most basic, it’s just a strip of strong material. Its use seems simple too. You tighten it until the bleeding stops. Voilà. Life saved. But thanks to studies conducted over the last several years, the guidelines on tourniquets have become more sophisticated, causing emergency professionals to change how they use these lifesaving devices. Here’s the latest thinking, according to the research I’ve been reading. I’m eager to also hear from you if you’ve used a tourniquet in the field. What have you found works or doesn’t? […]

By | April 6th, 2015|Cuts, Skin|15 Comments

5 Life-Threatening Injuries That Are Totally Survivable During a Disaster—if You Know How

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I get a gnawing feeling in my stomach when I hear stories of people who died from an injury they might have survived if they’d just known a [...]

By | February 9th, 2015|Bones, Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|7 Comments