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What to Do When the Victim’s Confused and So Are You

Special note: I’ve crafted an exciting new course especially for my readers who want to gain confidence with saving a life. Don’t miss the end of this post for more. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You’re in the midst of a storm. The streets are dangerous for travel. There’s no electricity and cell phones are not working. You notice movement outside your window and watch your neighbor drop slowly to the ground. After making sure the scene is safe—no strange, suspicious-looking people or animals, etc.—you grab your pepper spray, just in case, and go out to check on him. He’s awake but lethargic, says he’s just not feeling well and wants to sleep. He lives alone and was coming over to your house for help. You have no idea what’s going on, and he’s no help. In fact, he’s snoring now. What can you do? The possible causes of an altered mental status make up a pretty long list if you include the many you’re probably not going to think of. Well, how about doing what we medical people do sometimes? Use a special trick to sort through common causes and then decide your next steps. […]

By | September 22nd, 2014|General|10 Comments

You Find Someone Unconscious. What Should You Do After Calling 911?

Unconscious. What would you do? by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Here’s a scenario that happens more often than you might think. You come home from work and find your loved one lying unconscious on the floor in your house. What would you do? Call 911? Sure. A#1 yes. But what can you do until first responders get there? Or what if they’re running late, or can’t get there at all? It happens. You need a system: First do this, then do this. Okay, first thing after calling for help? Your answer: _______________________   My answer: […]

By | September 1st, 2014|General|8 Comments

Clinton Clot Confusion: Mystery Solved and Lessons Learned (I Assume)

Normal veins in the brain. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH The Clintons confused me this week. Oh, it’s not the first time, but this time it was Secretary Hillary and her blood clot in her brain. Well, it wasn’t really in her brain. It was … you’ll see. […]

By | January 8th, 2013|General|16 Comments

How to Know If You Really Have a Concussion

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Almost everyone has hit their head and seen stars. Sometimes it kind of dazes us. We usually rub it and go on with what we’re doing. But sometimes, people get symptoms, and they linger. Then the question becomes, do you have a concussion? And why does it matter to know? I hope you know you should see a doctor if you ever get knocked out. But what if you just have bad headache? And what should you do if you can’t get to a doctor? […]

By | September 13th, 2012|General|913 Comments

Head Cut: How to Use Your Hair as Stitches (Kind Of)

You can close a head cut by crossing strips of hair and gluing them down. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. This may be my favorite tip on treating a cut. Let’s say your son rises from under a table and conks his head or scratches his scalp with a nail. What technique you can you use for a head cut that you can’t use for any other cut? Hint: It applies only to head wounds. Another hint: You need hair. […]

By | November 8th, 2011|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|18 Comments