Video: How to Make a Finger Splint

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Okay, class. In recent posts, I’ve written about finger injuries and how to treat them. In case you weren’t quite able to grasp :-) how to make the different finger splints, I’ve made you a video. My homemade splints may not be the prettiest, but they should be as effective as any until you can get definitive medical treatment. Whether the splint’s metal, wood, or the uninjured finger next to the injured one (a buddy splint), the objective is the same: keep the injured area stable until it heals. In the video I show how I’d make a finger splint for the following: […]

By | March 22nd, 2012|Bones, Videos|6 Comments

[Video] Nursemaid’s Elbow: What to Do for This Common Children’s Injury

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. The poor nursemaid. I mean, we don’t even have nursemaids anymore, at least not by that name. Maybe it should be called Daddy’s or Mommy’s elbow. How about children’s elbow since they’re the injured ones? Or its medical name, subluxation of the radial head? Okay. Nursemaid’s elbow is easier to say, easier to remember, and, most importantly, puts the blame on someone else. Actually, no one’s to blame. The injury doesn’t come from abuse–usually. It happens while you and the kid are playing or when you get in a hurry. You swing a young child around by the arms. Wheee. Wheee. Waaaa. Or you’re walking, holding hands; you give a little jerk, or the child decides to use your hand for a swing, and suddenly … what happened? […]

By | January 31st, 2012|Bones, Children, Videos|Comments Off on [Video] Nursemaid’s Elbow: What to Do for This Common Children’s Injury

Video: How to Get Yourself Out of a Hole–Ice Hole, That Is

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. In my post "How to Survive If You Fall Into Cold Water," I wrote about what to do if you fall through the ice. My second-born, Beth Nelson—a paramedic in Alaska—sent [...]

By | January 24th, 2012|Cold, Videos, Weather|1 Comment

Easy Treatment for Shoulder Injuries

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. When I was growing up and heard the sports announcer say some player suffered a shoulder separation, I’d picture the poor athlete with his shoulder actually separated in two. Horrible. How could he ever play again? Now I know it’s usually not quite as bad as it sounds. Okay, it’s never happened to me, but … shoulder (or AC) separations, clavicle fractures, and rotator cuff tears and strains are some of the most common shoulder injuries I see. Fortunately, until you can get to a doctor, the initial treatment for all is similar: […]

By | January 12th, 2012|Bones, Videos|5 Comments

Video: How to Make a Neck Brace

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Your camping friend went for firewood and hasn’t come back. You find her at the bottom of a steep ditch. She’s lying there groaning and has a big scrape on her forehead. You’ve read my post on when to suspect a broken neck or back and run back to get your rigid cervical collar. Wait. You left it at home? You better read on, and watch my video to boot. […]

By | December 13th, 2011|Bones, Videos|10 Comments

Video: How to Make a Splint

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. If you injure your neck or an extremity and can’t get to medical help, you may need to stabilize it with a splint. Materials Needed to Make a Splint SAM Splint or other firm material Elastic bandages Duct tape You can make a splint out of virtually any firm material that fits the area of the body, but there’s a fairly inexpensive tool you can buy and have on hand. It conforms to the injured area, and you can cut it to size. It’s called a SAM Splint. It comes in many lengths and widths to fit fingers, forearms, ankles, knees, etc. If you’re on a budget, buy a few of the longer ones. (If you cut it, curl up the sharp edge so it won’t cut you back.) The thing about SAM Splints is they’re light, and they take up little space if you fold or roll them. Unlike braces, they can fit all sizes. Unlike cast material, they don’t have to harden. You can wrap them around the neck or ankle, or use them on finger, wrist, arm, elbow, foot, leg, or knee injuries. Someone told me the idea came from playing with a gum wrapper. […]

By | December 6th, 2011|Bones, Getting Started, Videos|10 Comments

Video: How to Repair a Head Cut With Hair Instead of Stitches

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H If you need to repair a head cut and can't get to the doctor, this a neat little trick. All you need are two things: a cut on the scalp and [...]

By | November 22nd, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|9 Comments

Announcing: Survival-Medicine Videos!

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. I am happy to announce The Survival Doctor now offers free survival videos to help you learn how to deal with emergencies when help is not on the way. The first three videos complement my written posts on cuts. They include: How to Stop a Cut From Bleeding How to Assess a Cut and Clean it with Irrigation How to Repair a Cut with Duct Tape If you’d like to be notified when new survival videos are up, just subscribe to my email notifications. (Look in the top of the right column.) I don’t spam or share your information. Upcoming videos will include: […]

By | November 16th, 2011|Videos|3 Comments

Video: How to Repair a Cut With Duct Tape (Treating a Cut, Part 3)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. We’re finally to the finale. This is the third video of my three-part series on how to treat a cut. When you have no other recourse, almost any way to keep the edges of a cut together will suffice. Your body will do the rest. Duct taping a cut together requires the skin around the wound to be dry. Even a little oozing of blood may cause the tape to not stick. Other than that, taping a cut is easy. To treat a cut, first follow the steps in my previous videos, parts one and two. Then: […]

By | November 16th, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|16 Comments

Video: How to Assess and Clean a Cut (Treating a Cut, Part 2)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Everyone wants to get that cut closed ASAP. But hey, hold on there just a minute, Bub. First, you've got to stop the bleeding. Next you're going to need to clean, [...]

By | November 16th, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|13 Comments