My Foot Hurts! Is it sprained or broken?

In this episode of RoyOnRescue, I answer a question from someone who jumped feet first into a shallow pool and now their foot hurts when they walk on it.  Is it broken or just sprained and how do I know what to do?  Watch this episode to find out more.

I Have Throat Ulcers! Now What!?

I received an email from a Rescue Fan that had a severe soar throat and wasn’t sure if she should go to the doctor. I suggested they do, and she was diagnosed with throat ulcers. I thought I’d do a RoyOnRescue to help explain what they are and why you should see a doctor. I hope it helps.

RoyOnRescue Interviews Lifeguard Who Rescued Poolside Patient

Three cheers for our heroic Lifeguards!  In this episode, I get the opportunity to speak with Logan Evans, the Life Guard who was part of a three person team of First Aid providers who helped a woman who had apparently had a seizure and fallen in the Women’s shower room at a local pool!  The problem was that there was a pool full of people and the patient was trapped in a locked shower stall half in and half out of the door on the ground.  Watch this interview to see how Logan, Certified Lifeguard, sprung into action to help this person through this scary and potentially life threatening situation.

Personal Email Regarding The Subject of When CPR Doesn’t Work

I received an email that asked several questions regarding events leading up to a cardiac arrest and then how to manage feelings of failure after CPR is given but the person still remains dead.  I hope this helps.

How To Survive A Multi-Car Pile Up

Hello Rescue Fans!
In this episode, we breakdown a real situation that occurred this year where over 122 cars were involved in a multi-car pile up that resulted in 1 fatality and 22 others going to the hospital. How would you survive this situation and is there something you can do to ensure you have a better chance to make it out alive?  You may want to watch this video today!

3 Ways To Stop Ebola Infection…Today!

Hello Rescue Fans!   I’ve debated as to whether I should discuss Ebola from either a professional or lay person level or even discuss it at all.  Because of an experience I had where I walked into a contaminated bathroom that could have been an infectious problem, I decided it was definitely worth taking about.  In this episode, I talk about Ebola, it’s risks and how breaking the chain of infection through disinfection and barriers, it’s almost impossible to contract an infection.  My hope is that rather than simply re-discussing the same things you’ve been hearing about Ebola, I’ll help shed light on how to arm yourself with awareness, and the techniques required to stop an infection in it’s tracks.  I hope this helps.

When Does An Injured Finger Need To Be Seen By The Doctor?

Hello Rescue Fans!

I received an email from someone who fell while rollerblading and injured their hand.  They didn’t want to go to the doctor if they didn’t have to, but were concerned that they may have a fracture or a more serious injury and didn’t want to make a bad decision.Though I’m no “Orthopod“(slang word for the day meaning orthopedist) but there are a few tell-tale signs that I look for to determine if a trip to the doctor is warranted.  Let’s face it, almost all injuries bruise and swell, but it’s in finding a couple of other things like crepitus or deformity that we realize this may be more serious.  Keep in mind, even a bruise or swelling could be reason enough for trip to the doc.  Though needless trips to the ER are never fun, losing the important function of fingers or toes is even worse.  For those of you who can relate, I hope this helps!

Trampolines, Teeth and Cuts With a Concussion!

I received a Rescue Fan’s email today that described what sounds like an accident on a trampoline.  Their friend hit their mouth on their head and now they sound as though they have concussion symptoms with a possible infection on the scalp.  They asked my opinion and the following is my reply.  It’s warm and it’s trampoline weather so if this happens to you or someone you know, I hope it helps!scalpcut


I wrote:

Ouch!  So, it sounds like your friend hit their mouth on your head and though it didn’t knock you out, it made you feel dizzy and now is painful/sore and maybe even a small abrasion or cut? If you’re feelings dizzy, nauseated(sick to your stomach) and have a headache, it sounds like you may have a concussion. As long as the symptoms get better with time from the concussion, you’re probably in pretty good shape.  Some people just take tylenol or another over the counter(OTC) pain medication for the headache.  With time and rest, it should get better.  If not, call your doctor.  If you it’s severe or you go unconscious, a family member should call 911.  The pain to the touch, redness, or cut and possibility of something coming from the wound may indicate an infection which could be a problem too.  If you think it’s something that could be getting infected, it sounds like it may have been a laceration.  If so, I’m not sure if needed stitches originally(didn’t sound that way from your story) but it’s probably too late for stitches at this point.  Some people like to put triple antibiotic on their cuts and abrasions to control infection.  If you’re not comfortable with over the counter or it’s really starting to concern you, it may be a good idea to see your doctor.  Have your mom take a look at the wound by separating your hair. Is there a laceration where the skin forms a fish mouth?  Is it oozing any white, or discolored and blood tinges secretion?  If any of these, then it’s probably a  good idea to see a doctor.  If not, and the wound is closed but red and sore, it’s common for people to get triple antibiotic at a drug store or grocery store, keep the wound clean and then put some of the ointment on the abrasion with a Qtip or cotton swab.  Do this until the wound is healed and not painful.  Wash your hands before and after all treatment to help not re-infect or infect the wound.

Remember, when in doubt, call your doctor and follow their advice.  In the meantime, I hope this helps.

Roy Shaw TV Interview With “Ask The Expert”.

A while back I had the honor of being asked to be on the health care panel for a local television show called,  “Ask The…”.   In this episode, Shelly Irwin had wanted several representatives from different types of medical response agencies.  The Hospital ER, the Ambulance on the street and a paramedic in education.  It was a lot of fun and though it’s a bit long and my mike is turned up a little high, I thought some of you might like to here what the different types of medical responders do and how they look at things from their world.   I loved being a street paramedic but I really love being able to host RoyOnRescue and create life saving video trainings that are watched all around the world.

Hope you enjoy it.

Oh yeah, did I say it’s 26 minutes long?   Might want to refresh that beverage of choice before you begin! : )

Cruel World Getting You Down? Watch This Video For A Lift!

A great video of a firefighter who found a casualty from a house fire.  It’s bad enough tokitten loose things in a house fire but when a family loses it’s pet, it can be like losing a family member.  This brave firefighter took the time to use his life saving passion and skills to save this little kitten.  Need a pick me up in a cruel world?  Watch this video.

Keep on rescuing!