Logrolling: How to Move an Accident Victim

U.S. soldiers practice rescuing during medical training at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH You’re driving down a highway when the car in front of you swerves to avoid something. You swerve too—right off the road. You are able to stop on the grass, but the other car can’t. It flips and the driver is ejected. You find him lying on the ground, bleeding, groaning, but otherwise not responding. At this point, what’s the number-one thing you’ll avoid doing if possible, even though it might be tempting? Answer: moving him—unless you do it the right way. […]

By | September 8th, 2014|Bones|13 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

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|81 Comments