Survival Medicine

If there’s a disaster and you can’t get help, this blog’s for you—survival medicine for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, terrorist attacks, 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.

You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal.
Would you know what to do next?

It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank. Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. In the hallway, your husband sits on the floor, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?

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Last year around this time, a man in his early 20s came into the clinic who was experiencing chest pain and a headache and was just overall feeling awful. He’d been working on a roof. He’d done this kind of work for years with no problem. But at that time, in June, we had a heat wave. All of a sudden, instead of a daytime high in the mid-70s, the temperature was hitting the low 90s. This long-time outdoor laborer’s body simply hadn’t had time to acclimate. […]

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“Is My Ankle Sprained or Broken?” Answers to Readers’ FAQs

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH What happens if you twist your ankle so badly that you don’t know whether it’s sprained or broken? I get that question a lot on my post about clues to a possible fracture. “I twisted my ankle in basketball. Is it broken?” “It’s really swelled up. It hurts a lot. Is it broken or sprained?” My answer? I don’t know. I can’t tell without a physical exam. And even then, my diagnosis would need to be confirmed with an X-ray because lots of times, breaks and sprains have the same symptoms. So, as you might imagine, in a survival situation without an X-ray, diagnosis and treatment will get tricky even for medical professionals. […]

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Dr. James Hubbard, The Survival Doctor

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?

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