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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


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


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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How to Waterproof Your Shoes With Duct Tape

Waterproof your shoes by duct taping them. From the book "Duct Tape 911." | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Here’s a simple, easy to remember tip that could save your feet if you have to work in wet weather. If you don’t have rainboots, you can waterproof your shoes with duct tape.

This is an excerpt from my new book, Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.

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My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All)

My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven't Heard Them All!) | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In the Deep South right now, it’s about heat wave time, otherwise known as the season of year when you step outside and right into a sauna. I know because I grew up in Mississippi.

If you also grew up in an area that gets really hot, you may think you know everything there is to know to beat the heat. But you haven’t read this post! I bet I can surprise you—at least once?

Even people used to working in the heat all day can suffer dangerously come that first heat wave—when the temperature and humidity suddenly soars 5–10 degrees or hotter. And imagine having to be outside after a disaster or while stranded in the wilderness, with no chance for air conditioning.

Here are some Survival Doctor tips, facts, answers and more—all to help you beat the heat.

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7 Measles FAQs: What You Need to Know

Koplik spots, typical for the measles, though they occasionally show up with other viruses. (Click to zoom.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

One of the worst U.S. measles outbreaks in years is going on in Ohio. So far, around 70 people have been infected. Another outbreak, in California, has involved about 60 people.

Though the measles is considered essentially eradicated in the U.S., there are a few cases here every year. This is a big year for them though, with 187 cases nationwide as of May 9, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So this is a good time to bone up on your knowledge. Here are seven FAQs about this very contagious viral infection.

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

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

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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