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How Dangerous Is Tetanus Really? 10 FAQs

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Over the years I’ve given my share of tetanus shots. And over the years, I’ve noticed that while most people know they need one on occasion, they’re just not sure when or, in fact, what the shot really prevents. I thought I’d provide my take and answer a few FAQs. […]

On the Scene: How to Help Victims Survive a Mass Shooting

A SWAT team member prepares. Even in normal circumstances, help may not be able to get to you quickly after a mass shooting. Safety must be established first. You may be able to help people survive in the meantime. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Today, I’d like to address some tragedies that have been the news recently: the Navy Yard, Chicago park and Kenya mall shootings. I won’t get into the causes or preventions of mass shootings. That’s not my expertise. Your guess is as good a mine. What I want to briefly discuss is how to help a victim survive a shooting after 911 has been called (if it’s available). […]

By | September 25th, 2013|Other Wounds|10 Comments

To Pop or Not to Pop? This Answer Can Make Your Blister Heal Better

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH When someone comes in to my office with a burn or really any type of condition that causes a blister I’m almost always asked what’s the best treatment—specifically, should they pop the blister or not pop? Over the years, I’ve come up with some blister treatment guidelines. But first I should tell you why just popping all blisters is not always the best plan. […]

By | August 7th, 2013|Other Wounds, Skin|42 Comments

How to Treat a Burn Like a TV Star

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Many of us try to stay outside as much as we can this time of year. Grilling, camping, swimming, there’s so much to do. You sure don’t want to waste time when you could be having fun recuperating from an injury. One hazard common to all the activities I mentioned is burns. Even a bad sunburn can be severe enough to cause blisters and make you feel horrible. (In fact, I recently wrote on how to avoid this and on the pros and cons of using sunscreen.) But sometimes, accidents just happen—and so do burns worse than any sunburn. That’s why everyone should know at least the basics of how to treat a burn. Minimize the damage, and you’ll minimize that recovery time. As an example, let’s look at a real-life burn. Would you know what to do in the following situation? […]

By | July 3rd, 2013|Other Wounds, Skin|4 Comments

Videos: Posterior Nasal Packing (or Stopping a Bad Rear Nose Bleed)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH These videos, courtesy YouTube users, demonstrate parts of the procedures I describe in “When Your Nose Won’t Stop Bleeding: Causes and Cures.” […]

By | March 6th, 2013|Other Wounds, Skin, Videos|1 Comment

When Your Nose Won’t Stop Bleeding: Causes and Cures

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In my last post I wrote how to treat the vast majority of nose bleeds. But what do you do when these methods don’t work and you can’t get to a doctor? […]

By | March 6th, 2013|Other Wounds, Skin|9 Comments

The Movie Way to Stop a Nose Bleed (and Die)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I hope you never stop a nose bleed like they do in the movies. If you do, you just might bleed to death. Here’s a typical scene: The hero has been punched in the face and his nose is bleeding pretty badly. He sits down, tilts his head back, and pinches the bridge of his nose or applies an ice pack to that area. Well, at least they get one thing right. […]

By | March 4th, 2013|Other Wounds, Skin|19 Comments

What to Do for a Collapsed Lung

In this X-ray, both lungs are collapsed. The arrows point to the outside linings of the lungs. The black areas are air. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I remember one patient in particular, a nurse. I was less than a year out of training. She was working on the floor when I was in the emergency room. She came up to me and said, “I think I have a collapsed lung.” She was holding the side of her chest and obviously in pain but didn’t appear short of breath. […]

By | November 27th, 2012|Other Wounds|73 Comments

How to Treat 4 Types of Gunshot Wounds (From One Shot?)

Bullet casing. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. A paramedic told me that when she was in training, a patient came in who had been shot in the right upper chest. They ended up finding the bullet not in the back, not even in the other side of the chest, but way down in the right butt cheek, pushing against the skin. In my last post, I covered general gunshot-wound treatment—the basics for survival situations when you can’t get to a doctor. Now, I’ll go into more detail for specific wounds. […]

By | July 26th, 2012|Other Wounds, Skin|84 Comments

What To Do For A Gunshot Wound—and How the War Changed the Treatment

Bullet holes in the wall of an old, rundown cabin near woods in Alaska. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Many readers have asked that I write about gunshot-wound treatment. After the terrible shootings at the Aurora theater, I thought this might be an appropriate time. If there’s a lesson to be learned from that, it’s you’ll never really know what you might come up against. And actually, there are new methods for gunshot-wound treatment now. During this war, we’ve changed how we treat gunshot victims on the battlefield. Used to be, the first thing we did was make sure the person had a clear airway and was breathing. But experts have realized that if you’re bleeding badly, that’ll kill you even if you have a clear airway. […]

By | July 24th, 2012|Other Wounds, Skin|21 Comments