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|27 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|9 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|7 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|20 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|8 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

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

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|95 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|22 Comments