Archive for November2009

Hospitals will get heart data via Bluetooth

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Photo credit: flickr Florida Today is reporting that Brevard County Fire-Rescue has received a substantial grant from the Florida Department of Health for ECG transmission. Brevard County Fire-Rescue is implementing Bluetooth technology to transmit electrocardiogram readings from cardiac patients in the field to hospitals so doctors are better prepared to treat them. In about three […]

A picture is worth a thousand words

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Found on the wall during an interfacility transport.

No advantage seen with IV drugs in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

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Heartwire is reporting a review of Olasveengen TM, Sunde K, Brunborg C, et al. Intravenous drug administration during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a randomized trial. JAMA 2009; 302:2222-2229. Some highlights: “[A] large randomized trial found that giving IV drugs like epinephrine and atropine in the setting of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest made it more likely that patients […]

SC ranks third in the nation for a key heart attack measure

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The South Carolina Hospital Association is reporting that according to the Hospital Compare website, South Carolina ranks #3 in the nation for the percentage of heart attack patients who receive PCI within 90 minutes of arrival. Top five: 1. Minnesota (93%)2. Vermont (92.9%)3. South Carolina (90%)4. Indiana (88%)5. Massachusetts (88%) This is an incredible achievement […]

CBS Exclusive: Back From the Dead

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56-Year-Old Man Brought Back To Life After 47 Minutes, 4,500 Chest Compressions And 8 Zaps With Defibrillator. Click HERE for this amazing story with video. “A specific procedure helped save Tiralosi’s life. Special cooling pads, not available in all emergency rooms, lowered his body temperature to 91 degrees, essential in preventing long-term neurological damage and […]

How to Establish a Multi Hospital STEMI Transfer System

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Here are some links to an excellent webcast from the D2B Alliance website. It’s the “D2B Sustain the Gain” October seminar entitled “How to Establish a Multi Hospital STEMI Transfer System”. You can download the slides in .pdf format HERE. You can listen to the presentation HERE. I found one part of the webcast to […]

Correlating ECG leads to the heart's anatomy

Here’s a cool widget from ECG Solutions.

Connecting through social media

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You can follow Tom B.’s tweets at Twitter by clicking HERE. You can find the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG blog’s fan page at Facebook HERE.

39 year old CC: Syncope while playing tennis

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EMS is called to a tennis club to assess a 39 year old male who experienced a syncopal episode while playing tennis. On arrival, the patient is lying down on the ground next to a bench. He appears lethargic and pale. Bystanders are laying ice cold towels around his head and chest and tell you […]

82 year old female CC: "Flu-like" symptoms

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EMS is called to the residence of a 82 year old female complaining of “flu-like” symptoms, including vomiting x 4-5 hours. On arrival, the patient is found sitting on her bed alert and oriented to person, place, time, and event. The patient’s skin is pale but warm and dry. Past medical history: Breast CA, double […]

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