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When the Stab Wound Isn’t the Worst Problem: Quick Help for Tension Pneumo

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In my “What to Do for a Collapsed Lung” post, I promised future information on what to do for one of a collapsed lung’s most dangerous variants, a tension pneumothorax. So here it is.

This post covers an advanced procedure, but the procedure can save a life. If medical personnel aren’t able to get to the victim, you’ll likely be the only one around who’s even heard of this technique. So stay with me …

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Logrolling: How to Move an Accident Victim

Logrolling: How to Move an Accident Victim | The Survival Doctor

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.

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

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:

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3 Childhood Illnesses That Cause Swollen Necks

3 Illnesses That Cause Swollen Necks

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

When you’re sick and go to the doctor, one of the first things we often do is feel your neck. We’re looking for swelling in certain places, which can indicate an infection.

So if your child gets sick and you’re unable to get expert help, if there’s swelling in the neck, that can give you clues about what’s going on.

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Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

Sara F. Hathaway

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.

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4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart

4 Common Causes of Coughs in Kids—With a Printable Chart | The Survival Doctor

Part 2 in my childhood charts series. See more charts here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

This is part two of my series about tips on recognizing childhood illness. Last time, I talked about illnesses with rashes. This time, it’s illnesses that come with bad coughs.

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Disease-Scare Burnout? 4 Action Tips to Help Prevent Almost Any Infection

Disease-Scares. Best Tips Everyone Can Do To Prevent Any Infection Any Time.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Scares … can be quite scary. And the scarier the news, the more it sells. So headlines emphasize the worst scenario.

A few years back, a producer of a popular television program told me their crew called this phenomenon of headlining the latest bad health news their “scare of the week.”

Well, OK, they’ve scared us. Now what do we do?

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12 Things You Must Know About Ebola

Ebola Risks and Air Travel

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Ebola is highly contagious and kills nine out of 10 people infected. So, why do I think headlines like USA Today’s “Ebola only a plane ride away from USA.” paint the wrong picture? Now that I think of it, why does my first sentence do the same? It’s all about perspective.

First, a little background.

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Ye Olde Childhood Rashes Chart: Quick-Reference for Today’s Outbreaks

Ye Olde Childhood Rashes Chart: Quick-Reference for Today’s Outbreaks

This is the first in my series of childhood-illness charts. See more here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Unless you’re of a certain age, you may have never seen some of the diseases in the chart on the next page. Join the crowd; many younger doctors haven’t either. Measles and rubella, which used to be so common, have been close to wiped out in the U.S. Chickenpox cases have come down to an estimated 80 percent of what they were in the 1990s. (Scarlet fever cases have remained about the same, but they’re still pretty rare compared with fifth disease and roseola.)

So why should you care about them? The words “close to” are key.

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About That Recall: Tips to Tell If You Get Listeria (Even Months Later!)

Nectarines and Peaches in latest Listeria Recall

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Listeria symptoms can sometimes take weeks to develop. Here are some tips on protecting yourself and your family—plus what to do if you get sick and can’t get expert help.

Every so often, listeria gets in the news because of an outbreak found in commercial produce. The latest one is in peaches and nectarines at certain grocery stores, including Kroger, Walmart, and Whole Foods.

Recalls happen periodically, and you should take them seriously. The one in cantaloupes in 2011 killed 33 and caused one miscarriage, and that was with a very quick, very publicized recall.

One of the problems is the listeria symptoms can be pretty generalized in most people, and sometimes it can take as long as 70 days from infection to symptoms. Meantime, a lot of people could have eaten the contaminated food.

Other than depending on recalls, there are precautions you can take, whether you buy your produce or are living off the land. And of course I’ll tell you what to do if you get the symptoms and can’t get expert help.

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