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Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response

Update on My Hands-Only CPR Post: The AHA’s Response | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

If you read my post about Hands-Only CPR Monday, you know that I believe the American Heart Association’s guidelines leave room for interpretation. So my team emailed them to see if they could officially clarify some points.

Here’s part of their response. It addresses some issues related to Hands-Only CPR, a trademarked term for doing chest compressions only (no mouth-to-mouth), but doesn’t clarify completely.

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Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A child collapses; there’s no sign of life. You call for help and start CPR. But wait. Didn’t you hear somewhere that they say now not to do the respirations part? Just do Hands-Only CPR? Or are kids one of the exceptions?

Well, whatever you do, do something, and do it quick.

When to Add the Breathing

These days, Hands-Only CPR is the way to go in most situations for people who aren’t medical professionals. It’s easier; it works as well as adding respirations, at least most of the time. And the feeling is, it’ll help more people act and act quicker.

But there are exceptions.

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For You: Special 48-Hour Bonuses With My New Online Training Course

The Survival Doctor's Emergencies Training Course

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’m really excited.

Today, my new online training course is finally available to you!

It’s taken me over a year to put together this professionally produced project, and I think it has turned out fantastic. In The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course, you’ll learn some of the lifesaving knowledge that I’ve amassed over 30 years of practicing medicine. I cover some of my readers’ most-often-worried-about questions, and I teach you how I’d handle common life-threatening medical problems, in easy-to-understand language and with minimal medical equipment.

Here’s a preview:

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Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of The Survival Doctor’s Emergency Training Course

Behind the Scenes: The Survival Doctor's Emergencies Training Course

Here’s an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek at The Survival Doctor’s Emergency Training Course.

It’s my new video course that’s over a year in the making, and I’ve crafted it especially for my readers who want to gain confidence in their medical skills.

What to Do When the Victim’s Confused and So Are You

What to Do When the Victim's Confused and So Are You

Special note: I’ve crafted an exciting new course especially for my readers who want to gain confidence with saving a life. Don’t miss the end of this post for more.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You’re in the midst of a storm. The streets are dangerous for travel. There’s no electricity and cell phones are not working. You notice movement outside your window and watch your neighbor drop slowly to the ground.

After making sure the scene is safe—no strange, suspicious-looking people or animals, etc.—you grab your pepper spray, just in case, and go out to check on him.

He’s awake but lethargic, says he’s just not feeling well and wants to sleep. He lives alone and was coming over to your house for help.

You have no idea what’s going on, and he’s no help. In fact, he’s snoring now.

What can you do? The possible causes of an altered mental status make up a pretty long list if you include the many you’re probably not going to think of.

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

What would you do?

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:

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Knee Injury Prevention: Lessons Learned From Girls Soccer

Girls are more prone to knee injuries. Specific exercises can significantly decrease risk.

Girls are especially prone to knee injuries.

James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Question. What do adolescent girl athletes and the rest of us have in common? Answer. Knee injuries, of course :).

In fact, anyone who gets in a little too much of a hurry or doesn’t watch what they’re doing is susceptible. Add jumping or a quick pivot for whatever reason and your risk increased greatly.

A while back, I jumped off a porch with such a jar I thought I’d shaken my teeth out. The reason was I landed without bending my knees and it’s a wonder I didn’t injure one of them.

You can be in tiptop shape (unlike me), and have the strongest of legs and still get hurt—just because you land or pivot wrong.

Fortunately, there’s been a lot of recent research in knee injury prevention triggered by the growing amount of injuries in girls’ sports. It seems they are particularly prone to ACL tears. The keys are not only strength but balance, and training our brain to make our legs land in the correct position. A little preparation can go a long way to prevent a debilitating injury.

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Why It’s Possible to Drown in a Dry Parking Lot

Why It's Possible to Drown in a Dry Parking Lot | The Survival Doctor

 

Part 3 in my series on drowning. See all my posts about rescuing drowning victims here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Ever heard of parking lot drowning? That’s what lifeguards anyway. Others may call it secondary drowning.

It can happen minutes to hours after a near-drowning victim is revived. It can even happen to someone who didn’t nearly drown—who just sucked a little too much water down their lungs, coughed and choked, and then appeared perfectly fine.

Later on (maybe, say, sitting in a parking lot), the victim can suddenly become unable to get enough oxygen. If not treated they can, in essence, drown.

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

When Someone’s Drowning: 4 Post-Rescue Tips. (Some May Surprise You.) | The Survival Doctor

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,

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Why You Might Need Swimming Lessons Even If You Can Swim

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James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Every year even good swimmers drown. Some are in an accident or become unconscious due to a seizure, alcohol, or another reason. Some drown trying to help others. And some just don’t know how to swim as well as they thought.

According to a survey done by the American Red Cross, 80 percent of Americans say they can swim, but only 56 percent can complete all five critical water safety skills that make up what’s known as “water competency.”

Could you? The skills are:

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