Top 5 Medical Emergencies You Can Avoid!

The Doctors explains how to avoid an emergency situation before it starts.

The No. 1 Preventable Emergency

“You can’t always prevent a fall, but when you fall and you break a bone, usually that bone heals. But when you fall and you suffer a brain injury, you may never be the same again,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “So, if you’re doing something like climbing a ladder or skateboarding or riding a bike, wear a helmet.”

• Tips to fall-proof a house.

Screening for Cervical Cancer
New guidelines from The United States Preventive Services Task Force have been implemented for cervical cancer screenings. Dr. Wanda Nicholson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UNC Chapel Hill and member of the USPSTF, explains the updated screening recommendations.

“The goal of the cervical cancer screening guidelines is to provide guidance on the best way to screen,” Dr. Nicholson says. “The guidelines are not intended to replace the individual conversations [and] individual decisions of an individual woman and her doctor.”

The Cinnamon Challenge
News reports are surfacing on the dangers of a popular dare: the cinnamon challenge. Fueled by social media and YouTube video uploads, people record themselves struggling to swallow a full tablespoon of ground cinnamon within a minute and without water.

As simple as it sounds, the dare is practically impossible to accomplish and is actually quite hazardous, as many teens have been hospitalized with respiratory conditions after attempting it. The Doctors illustrate why the cinnamon challenge is so difficult and dangerous.

The Life Plan
Dr. Jeffry S. Life, is 73 years old and is in the best shape of his life. “When I was in my late 50s, I was a horrible example for my patients,” Dr. Life says. “I was short of breath climbing steps, my sexual function was crashing and I just knew I had to make some changes.”

In his book, The Life Plan , Dr. Life explains how to achieve lasting physical and sexual health, as well as a stronger, leaner body.

Dr. Life explains how to achieve optimal health at any age!

Urgent C-Section
Julie, an expecting mother of twins, went to see OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson for a routine checkup at 36 weeks. Julie already had a C-section planned at 39 weeks; however, during her appointment, her fetal non-stress test  showed signs of pre-term labor, even though she wasn’t feeling any contractions. Julie’s routine checkup suddenly turned into admittance to the operating room for an urgent C-section.

Watch as Dr. Lisa delivers Julie’s twins via C-section.

Dr. Lisa explains how an urgent C-section is performed. Plus, The Doctors surprise Julie and her family with a gift basket.

Avoiding the ER
"As an ER doc, I’ll be the first to tell you that the majority of patients we see [are] not coming in for gunshot wounds or severe car accidents,” Dr. Travis explains. “Instead, most people are coming in with preventable problems.”

Follow Dr. Travis into the ER as he provides care for a man suffering from early stage
heart failure.

Dr. Travis explains how heart disease progresses over time and the lifestyle choices that can prevent a heart attack from occurring.

Tummy Tuck Transformation
Nesha, a mother of three, appeared on a previous episode of The Doctors where she received a live consultation from plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon for a tummy tuck. After walking Nesha through the operation, Dr. Ordon surprised her by agreeing to do her tummy tuck for free.

Dr. Ordon explains the most common mistakes people make after undergoing surgery.

Follow Dr. Ordon and Dr. Ritu Chopra into the OR as they perform Nesha’s tummy tuck procedure.

Nesha joins The Doctors to show off her new look. Check out her amazing results!

A Day in Pediatrics
Follow pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears during a typical day at his pediatric practice.

From ear infections and bowed legs to rashes and immune deficiencies, watch as Dr. Sears examines patients and addresses parents’ questions.

Dr. Sears explains which pediatric conditions should be considered an emergency and how to prevent certain medical emergencies from happening.

Dr. Sears' Pediatric Emergency Kit:

  • Adhesive medical tape
  • Liquid antihistamine
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Instant cold compress
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Sterile band aids (in various sizes)
  • Children’s pain reliever (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Tweezers
  • Soap or other cleansing agent
  • Thermometer
  • Clean scissors
  • Splint
  • List of emergency numbers