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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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7 Father’s Day Gifts to Keep Him Prepared

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James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Father’s Day is close at hand. How about getting the old man something a little different this year? Something he can use—that might even help him avoid or treat an injury.

Here are seven Father’s Day gifts that I think any man would relish. Since Father’s Day is close at hand, I made sure you could buy them all through Amazon Prime because if you sign up for a free trial, you can get many of them within a couple of days. The last on the list, if you wish, you can get directly from me.

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“Duct Tape 911”: Get Your Autographed Copy Today!

Duct Tape 911, by James Hubbard, MD, MPH, aka The Survival Doctor

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Excuse me if I’m a bit excited. My new book, Duct Tape 911, goes on sale today, and I think you’ll love it.

The whole title is Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together. In it, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, I show you 23 ways to substitute duct tape for medical supplies.

Scroll down for some special, limited-time offers.

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No Post Today: Product Announcement Coming Wednesday!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

There’s a fun, useful, affordable product coming your way, and I’m working on getting my eggs in a row for the launch on Wednesday. So no blog post today. The product will make a great Father’s Day gift, by the way. (If you don’t subscribe to this blog, please do so to make sure you find out about it.)

Until Wednesday …

10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Help Mom Prepare for Anything!

Help Mom Prep: 10 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’ve always had a little trouble deciding on gifts. I want them to be special, unique, and something that makes the recipient say, “Ooh, how great is this.” Of course, it doesn’t help that I wait until the last minute to start looking.

Yes, maybe your Mother’s Day gift always includes taking her out to eat or cooking for her at home. Maybe flowers and a card. Perhaps she likes that routine (mothers usually appreciate just about anything from their children, if it’s done out of love). But in case you want to add a little extra this year, I asked a few of my prepper friends for some ideas—gifts that say you did a little thinking. And who knows. Perhaps you’ll get an “Ohh, how great is this” out of her this year.

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New! The Survival Doctor Store—All the Supplies I Recommend in One Place

The Survival Doctor's Store and More

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Many people have asked where to find all the medical supplies I’ve mentioned in my posts. Well, you find them all over the place—some in pharmacies, others in outdoors stores, some in health-food stores, and still more in survival outlets.

Compiling an emergency medical kit can call for quite the time—and gas—commitment. So I set out to make life easier.

I searched Amazon, eBay, and other sites and developed my new online “store and more”—a one-stop shop plus supplies guide. In it, you don’t just get what to buy but why. I even share my personal experiences over the years with some of the supplies.

To make it as easy to use as possible, I structured the store into six user friendly sections:

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