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When Someone’s Drowning: 4 Resuscitation Tips. (Some May Surprise You.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH This is part 2 of my drowning series. See part 1, about essential swimming skills and rescuing drowning victims, here.  Once you pull someone drowning to safety, what next? If they’re unresponsive and not breathing, three things should be done at once if there are enough people around to do them: Call 911, start CPR, look for an AED machine. In a survival situation, if you can’t call 911 and there’s no AED machine, […]

By | June 23rd, 2014|General|5 Comments

Video: How to Make a Neck Brace

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Your camping friend went for firewood and hasn’t come back. You find her at the bottom of a steep ditch. She’s lying there groaning and has a big scrape on her forehead. You’ve read my post on when to suspect a broken neck or back and run back to get your rigid cervical collar. Wait. You left it at home? You better read on, and watch my video to boot. […]

By | December 13th, 2011|Bones, Videos|10 Comments

When to Suspect a Broken Neck or Back

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. A devastating spine injury could happen to anyone. A simple fall or hit on the head can break the spinal bones. But a break doesn’t always cause paralysis—if people react to it correctly. Spinal bones surround and protect the fragile spinal cord. You can feel their prominences, called spinal processes, along your neck and back. Like any bone they can be broken. The difference is, if this fracture moves, it can push against and permanently damage the spinal cord. That’s why it’s essential to learn when to suspect a broken neck or back and what to do about it. […]

By | December 8th, 2011|Bones, Getting Started|78 Comments