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

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When treating a tension pneumothorax, place the needle and catheter above the third rib, about 2 inches from the edge of the breastbone. (Click illustration to enlarge.)

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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The Top-8 Medical Uses for Vodka

The Top-8 Medical Uses for Vodka | The Survival Doctor

Previously the top-7 medical uses!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Thursday, the U.S. government banned liquids, including gels, in carry-ons to Russia. That means hand sanitizers. That means hand sanitizers that reporters and visitors on their way to Sochi for the Olympics probably packed because of tales of contaminated water.

What to do? Even if you didn’t put sanitizer in your checked bag and Russia’s all sold out when you get there, remember, this country just so happens to be famous for … its vodka. Vodka is about 40 percent alcohol. Alcohol kills germs. So in a pinch, vodka = medical supply.

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4 Ways to Sterilize Your Medical Instruments [Book Excerpt]

4 Ways to Sterilize Instruments (Excerpt from "Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid")

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

For this month’s posts, I’ve chosen some excerpts from my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid, that I think will especially interest my regular blog readers. If you’ve already bought the book, I’d be interested to hear what you think of these sections.

First up: Here at the blog, I’ve gone into a good bit of detail about treating wounds, but have you ever wondered when you need to sterilize the instruments and dressings you use?

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How Dangerous Is Tetanus Really? 10 FAQs

How Dangerous Is Tetanus Really? 10 FAQs | The SurvivalDoctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Over the years I’ve given my share of tetanus shots. And over the years, I’ve noticed that while most people know they need one on occasion, they’re just not sure when or, in fact, what the shot really prevents. I thought I’d provide my take and answer a few FAQs.

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Video: How to Apply a Tourniquet Properly

Video: How to Apply a Tourniquet Properly | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Tourniquets have been on my mind lately. It’s a shame many people don’t know how to properly apply one to stop bleeding. It’s so easy. But, like most things, someone has to show you before you can learn.

I read of a man bitten on his thigh by a beaver. The large femoral artery that runs from the groin down the inner thigh was severed, and the man bled to death. My first thought was, maybe he could have been saved if someone had known how to stop the bleeding—in particular, how to apply a tourniquet.

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The Downside of Taking Aspirin: When Bleeding Won’t Stop

The Downside of Taking Aspirin: When Bleeding Won’t Stop | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’m constantly amazed by the effect even the lowest dose of aspirin has on bleeding. I’ll be putting pressure on a cut, and the bleeding will just not be stopping. The person with the cut will have already told me they have no known bleeding disorders and haven’t taken any aspirin, and I’ll ask again.

“Well, I did take something a few days ago. It may have had aspirin in it.” Or, “Oh, I do take a baby aspirin.” Voila. I have my answer. I’ll just have to apply pressure for ten minutes instead of five, Or twenty minutes instead of ten. Aspirin doesn’t stay in the system that long, but its effect on bleeding does.

Here’s how.

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24-Hour Sale Is on Now! Get 25% Off “The Survival Doctor’s Guide” E-Books

They’re here!

The very first Survival Doctor’s Guide e-books are officially on sale. And for 24 hours only, my loyal readers get a 25-percent discount. They’re just $2.99 each.

Come and get ‘em!

In The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds and The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns, you’ll learn how to treat everything from the most minor to the most severe injuries when you can’t get to a doctor. And no matter where you are, if you have your e-reader, smartphone, tablet, or computer with you—whatever you put the books on—you’ll have me as your virtual guide.

Click here to download the books right now so you don’t miss the sale. It expires at midnight!

I hope you enjoy these compact, interactive guides. I look forward to hearing your reviews.

 

How to Think Like a Doctor (Plus a Sneak-Peek Survival-Book Excerpt)

"The Survival Doctor's Guide to Wounds"

“The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” (available July 17) is written in the way doctors think—with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

People sometimes ask me how doctors keep all that stuff in their head. There are a gazillion diseases and injuries (give or take), so how does one doctor figure out what to do just for you?

The answer is, of course, we don’t know everything. That’s why there are specialists. But what we do know, we have compartmentalized in our brains. To figure out what’s wrong with you, we go through step-by-step checks, which help us rule out and rule in things.

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Take The Survival Doctor With You! First Interactive E- books on Sale in 7 Days

"The Survival Doctor's Guide to Wounds"

“The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” goes on sale next Tuesday, with a special discount for 24 hours!

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

I’m so excited. After many months—really years—of preparation, I’m publishing my first two in a series of mulitmedia, interactive e-books.

The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds and The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns will take you step-by-step through the process of evaluating and treating these common injuries—from minor, everyday cuts to life-threatening, third-degree burns. And to thank you, I’m offering a special discount for the first 24 hours they’re on sale.

About the New, Interactive Survival Books

The books, on sale next Tuesday (July 17) through Amazon.com, are written in the same user-friendly manner as my blog posts, but with a more thorough focus on one particular subject. You’ll learn how to evaluate an injury and treat it, and what to do if something goes wrong.

For instance, in The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds:

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How to Make a Pressure Dressing (and Not Lose a Limb)

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by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Pressure dressing, pressure bandage, compression dressing, compression bandage, they’re all the same thing to me. They’re bandages that press down on—compress—a wound. Most of the time this is to stop a wound from bleeding. (If you’ve applied pressure for about 10 minutes and it’s still bleeding, it might be time for a pressure bandage.)

So what’s the big deal about using one?

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