Twelve Tricks to Save Your Life in 2012

Accidents, illnesses, attacks — how would you react if your life was suddenly in danger? The Doctors show you how to survive dire circumstances.

Lacerated Artery
Do you know when a deep cut can put your life in real danger? E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork shows you life-saving tips in the event that you lacerate an artery.


Anesthetics, such as propofol, have made headlines due to the death of pop legend Michael Jackson and the ensuing trial of his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Anesthesiologist Dr. Barry Friedberg, author of Getting Over Going Under, explains the risks and must-know information about undergoing anesthesia.

The body’s arteries contract and expand blood in rhythm with your heart beat. If a major artery is punctured or cut, blood will squirt out, which can be fatal within minutes if not treated correctly. Arteries carry oxygenated blood, making it a brighter red than the blood in a vein or capillary, which can be a signal to the urgency of the laceration.

“You don’t need a medical degree to save a life when it comes to bleeding,” Dr. Travis says.

Keep gloves handy in case you come across someone who has severed an artery.
Pinpoint where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, direct pressure. The blood should stop streaming out of the wound.
Call 911.
Do not let up pressure until EMS arrives.

Ice Dangers
Are you visiting a snowy city this winter? Learn how to stay safe when conditions get icy.

Dr. Travis and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explain what to watch out for before stepping onto ice.

Concussion Treatment
Concussions are among the most common head injuries, and occur when the brain hits against the skull after a blow to the head, which can bruise the brain.

Concussion Warning Signs
• Nausea or vomiting

• Headache and dizziness
• Confusion and amnesia
• Loss of balance
• Ringing in ears
• Sensitivity to light and noise

Dr. Frederick Carrick, professor of neurology at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, reveals a breakthrough therapy for those dealing with concussions.

Life-Saving Tricks

Learn how tapping your toes can help detect an irregular heartbeat.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin demonstrates must-know self defense tips.

• See a noninvasive test that can determine your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman explains tricks for preventing oral cancer.

A Story of Survival
While driving on a mountainous road, David Lavau veered off a cliff and pummeled off a 300-foot cliff into a ravine. He was trapped in the wilderness for six days, living off leaves, grass and ants. Miraculously, David’s children found him, and he was rescued and airlifted to the hospital.

David and his daughters, Lisa and Chardonnay, join The Doctors to tell his amazing story of surviving the wilderness, and learn what to do if you find yourself stranded in the wild.

Ask Our Doctors

The Doctors explain what to do when unexpected health issues arise.

Stopping premature labor.

Surviving sepsis.

What Not to Eat in the Wild
• Mushrooms.

Wild plants with almond scent or milky/discolored sap.
Seeds inside pods.
Fine hairs.
Three-leafed growth patterns.


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