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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|16 Comments

New! The Survival Doctor Store—All the Supplies I Recommend in One Place

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Many people have asked where to find all the medical supplies I’ve mentioned in my posts. Well, you find them all over the place—some in pharmacies, others in outdoors stores, some in health-food stores, and still more in survival outlets. Compiling an emergency medical kit can call for quite the time—and gas—commitment. So I set out to make life easier. I searched Amazon, eBay, and other sites and developed my new online “store and more”—a one-stop shop plus supplies guide. In it, you don’t just get what to buy but why. I even share my personal experiences over the years with some of the supplies. To make it as easy to use as possible, I structured the store into six user friendly sections: […]

By | March 31st, 2014|General|9 Comments

The Survival Doctor’s Winter Car-Supplies List

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH One of my Facebook followers recently asked me what I’d suggest keeping in the car for winter weather. I started to tell her to go to my website, but then I realized, surprise, I don’t have it listed. Well I’m sorry for that, but here’s my list. […]

By | February 17th, 2014|Cold, Weather|54 Comments

Santa’s Bugging Out: 11 Survival Gifts He Should Drop at Your House

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Don’t you love receiving a gift that you can really use? One that says the gifter must have really thought about you personally before buying it? And don’t you just love it when you come upon that perfect gift for someone? One that will brighten their day? I’ve picked out my 10 favorite gifts that I think most everyone should have on hand for camping, hiking, or just-in-case emergencies that can happen at any time. […]

By | December 2nd, 2013|Cold, General, Weather|15 Comments

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH If you’re interested in learning more about how to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy, please sign up now for my new The Survival Doctor email updates. Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be announcing several exciting happenings here at The Survival Doctor. Things you can’t afford to miss. So please subscribe now (it’s free) in the left column of the website. Just type in your email address. Want specifics? […]

By | June 17th, 2013|General|3 Comments

The Survival Doctor’s First-Aid Kit and Beyond

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. What items would I suggest for a first-aid kit? I get that question a lot. Well, first, it depends on a lot of things. […]

By | September 6th, 2012|General|37 Comments

Small Items Could Prevent Major Misery in Emergency Shelters

Residents of Springfield, Missouri, gather in an emergency shelter during an ice storm in January 2007. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Hurricane season is upon us. Some can take that literally right now. But my suggestions can be applied to any disaster, or any time you might have to spend a little close, quality time in a group shelter. Things that could prevent you from catching some nasty infection while you’re there. The CDC has great information on supplies that would be good to bring to an emergency shelter. It’s always a good idea to pre-pack so you won’t forget something essential, like a prescription medicine, at the last minute. I’d like to add a few infection-prevention items you might not have thought of. Things you can stuff in that won’t take up much room. […]

By | August 27th, 2012|Infectious Disease|52 Comments