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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

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

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

What to Do If You Cut Your Mouth or Tongue

Mouth cuts always get infected by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. You’re camping in a remote part of Alaska. The helicopter that brought you in won’t be back for days. You slip and hit a rock. Your front tooth cuts through your lip or cuts your tongue. What do you do? How do you treat a mouth cut or a tongue cut when no medical help is around? […]

By | November 1st, 2011|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|113 Comments

When to See a Doctor for a Cut

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. When to see a doctor for a cut? Crash. A brick flies through a window. Your spouse is cut and bleeding, but otherwise unhurt. The streets are jammed with rioters. There’s no ambulance available, and even if you could get to the hospital, it’s packed.  Should you fight the crowd or stay put? The urgency of when to see a doctor for a cut depends on several things. […]

By | October 27th, 2011|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|51 Comments

When to Get Stitches

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Do I need stitches, Doc? It’s a question patients who come in with cuts often ask me. Or something like, “I feel so silly wasting your time over a little cut.” So how do you know when to get stitches? […]

By | October 25th, 2011|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|12 Comments

Arteries Vs. Veins: How to Tell the Difference and Stop the Bleeding

Arteries flow away from the heart (red). Veins flow back toward it (blue). by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. When trying to stop a cut from bleeding, you need to know how to tell the difference between a bleeding vein and a bleeding artery. Memorize this saying: Arteries spurt. Veins don’t. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to tissue. Veins drain the blood back to the heart to resupply it with oxygen. Arteries pump. Veins dump. Step 1: Apply pressure. Use gauze or a clean cloth. If you don’t have anything else, use a gloved hand. If it’s yourself, as a last resort, use your bare hand. If it’s others, beware you could be exposing yourself to a blood-borne disease. Stuff a gash with a cloth (the cleanest you have) or gauze, and hold pressure. A shirt will do. Step 2: Determine whether it’s an artery or vein. […]

By | September 19th, 2011|Cuts, Jargon, Other Wounds, Skin|44 Comments