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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|0 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|10 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|0 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

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|6 Comments

Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills. […]

By | August 18th, 2014|Cold, Critters, Other Wounds|22 Comments

4 Ways to Sterilize Your Medical Instruments [Book Excerpt]

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH For this month’s posts, I’ve chosen some excerpts from my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid, that I think will especially interest my regular blog readers. If you’ve already bought the book, I’d be interested to hear what you think of these sections. First up: Here at the blog, I’ve gone into a good bit of detail about treating wounds, but have you ever wondered when you need to sterilize the instruments and dressings you use? […]

By | January 13th, 2014|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|6 Comments

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