The roads are underwater. All lines are down. Cellphones aren’t working.
No medical expertise is available.
What do you do?
If there’s a disaster and you can’t get help, this blog’s for you—survival medicine for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, social upheaval or any time you’re isolated.
Always use the best available provider, and get professional help if possible. (See the disclaimer.) This blog contains medical information to use if that’s not possible—when you are your last option.
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About Dr. Hubbard
I’ve been a family doctor for over 30 years. I’ve practiced in small and large towns, worked emergency rooms and in clinics.
I’ve come to realize many very smart people don’t know the basics about medicine. Now I’m not putting that down. Place me near a leaky faucet and my wife hides the tools. But if I have a flooded basement and can’t get a plumber, I know how to turn off the water supply.
I’ve seen able people who don’t know to put pressure on a cut to stop it from bleeding. But even if you know how to stop the bleeding, what if it’s bad and you have no medical assistance? That’s what this blog is about. Even if you know first aid, what will happen to you or a family member if you have an emergency and can’t get immediate assistance from someone medically trained?
I think about that every time there’s a hurricane or earthquake or other disaster. I thought of it after the Japan nuclear disaster, and after the London riots. What if those people are unable to get out of their house and medical personnel can’t get to them? For hours, days. Worse, what if their phone lines are down? What if the ERs are packed, or damaged themselves?
“This site is a combination of science, improvisational medicine, and Grandma’s home remedies.”
There are great blogs for surviving long-term disasters or social upheavals, fantastic spots for lists of medical supplies to keep. There plenty of sites about medical and alternative care, explaining diseases and treatments. My website MyFamilyDoctorMag.com is one. But rare is the blog with information on what to do if you have a medical emergency and can’t get help. This site hopes to do this. It’s combination of science, improvisational medicine, and Grandma’s home remedies.
Please, please, I beg, don’t ever use this information instead of seeing qualified medical personnel. This information is for times when that is not possible—improvisational, last-ditch medical treatment to keep you alive until help is on the way. Read it, print it, keep it in a safe place.
Feel free to comment, add advice, criticize. It can only make the information better.
James Hubbard, MD, MPH