In Case of Emergency: Would You Know What to Do?

“Every day, more than half a million 911 calls are made to emergency operators in [the United States] alone,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “If you haven’t made one of those calls yourself, it’s very likely that someday you will. The question is, while you wait for the ambulance to arrive, do you have any idea what to do?”

The Doctors takes you to the front lines of emergency situations and brings brave and bold stories of survival that could save your own life.

Movie Theater Massacre
On July 20, 2012 tragedy struck citizens of Aurora, Colorado, when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater. Seventy people were injured and 12 were killed. Best friends Allie and Stephanie were both there on that fateful night and barely survived the attack.

“The first reaction for me was [to] stay down, and the second thought in my mind was, ‘where’s Allie?’ because I looked to my left and she wasn’t there,” Stephanie says.

Amidst the chaos, Stephanie saw Allie being trampled by fleeing people. She dragged Allie away from the commotion and knew something was wrong when she saw that Allie was struggling to breathe and speak. Stephanie soon realized that Allie had been struck in her back and neck by scattered shotgun pellets.

Stephanie applied direct pressure to Allie’s neck and shifted her onto her side so her lungs would not fill up with blood. When the shooting had stopped, Stephanie and Allie both knew that they must seek medical attention or Allie was going to die.

“In a mass casualty situation, there are never enough resources and that’s when it’s so crucial that you step up and do what you both did,” Dr. Travis adds.

The Mayor’s Office in Houston, Texas created a tutorial video to teach employees what do in the event of a mass shooting spree. Watch Run. Hide. Fight.

Self-Defense Strategy
Sally from Fort Collins, Colorado writes:
With all the shooting sprees in the news these days, I’m thinking about buying a gun, but I’m worried I might be afraid to use it, or not have it handy when I need it! How am I supposed to protect myself?

To answer Sally’s question, The Doctors turn to Chris Willden, a former military sniper with an extensive background in the armed forces, special security details and law enforcement. Chris is currently the Director of Training for Strategic Tactical Group, a facility that teaches firearm safety and allows civilians to participate in a virtual training lab.

See how the Ti Training Lab’s firearm simulator creates life or death situations and allows the trainee to make real-time decisions.

Learn the importance of being prepared when it comes to self-defense tactics, especially when the body’s fight or flight response is activated.

More self-defense tips.

Surviving an Alligator Attack
On July 8, 2012, 17-year-old Kaleb “Fred” Langdale of Moore Haven, Florida was taking a dip in the Caloosahatchee River with his friends. As he swam across the river, Kaleb heard his friends shout that there was an alligator in the water.

“When [the alligator] got within a foot of me, I grabbed up under his jaw and wrapped [myself around] him to where he couldn’t bite me, and we went under,” Fred says. “Then he started doing the death roll and I kicked off, trying to get as far away as I could, and that’s when he lunged and grabbed onto my arm.”

See the surprising way that Fred halted the bleeding while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

Dan Stremka, a prosthetist at Hanger, Inc. explains the physical therapy Fred is undergoing in preparation for an electronic prosthetic arm.

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Emergency Driving Tips
Briana, 23, is terrified of a tire blowout or a similar unpredictable event occurring while she’s driving. She asks The Doctors how she can remain in control in the event of a life-threatening situation behind the wheel.

The Doctors send Briana to Teen Road to Safety (TRTS), a driver training center, to learn how to react when confronted with an unexpected driving emergency.

More tire safety tips.

The Doctors in Lebanon?
The Doctors is currently licensed in more than 100 countries around the world, and several versions of the show air with different hosts.

Dr. Ibrahim Melki, plastic surgeon and co-host of The Doctors in Lebanon, joins the show to explain some of the similarities and differences between his show and its U.S. counterpart. Plus, see some of the surprising home remedies that Lebanese people use to treat cuts and burns.

Learn about The Doctors in Portugal.