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Can tablets replace AED trainers?

Ivor Medical AED trainer
Automated external defibrillator (AED) training is essential to any cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course. Because AEDs save lives. Instructors use AED trainers to teach defibrillator use during courses. AED trainers are dummy versions of the real AED. One of the main problems is that they are quite expensive. They are not helping to lower the barriers of AED training dissemination. And we need these skills to spread like wild fire.

So can we do something about it? Can we replace these devices with something else? I sure think so. This was one of the reasons I started Ivor Medical in the first place. We have developed a complete AED training solution based on tablets and mobile phones.

Research into tablet AED trainer

Today a research article has been published comparing our solution to traditional AED trainers. It was conducted during CPR courses delivered to medical students. In short, it has shown that our cost effective solution can be successfully used during CPR courses as an alternative to traditional AED trainers.

Please read the full article at open source journal Signa Vitae.

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Twitterverse of Emergency Physicians – Infographic

After several weeks of work analysing Twitter network of 2.234 Emergency Physicians, I bring you Twitterverse of Emergency Physicians Infographic. It summarises results of my
in-depth analysis. More results can be found on TwittER ResearchER.
Twitterverse of Emergency Physicians Infographic

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Has Amazon figured out how to deliver AEDs?

Recently I wrote about the necessity to have AEDs (automated external defibrillators) everywhere, if we were to save more cardiac arrest victims. I argued that these devices need to be, and in my view can be, much cheaper than they’re now. I mean just look at this new Raspberry Pi Zero computer that costs only 5 USD!

Another approach is to deliver AEDs quickly to the scene of cardiac arrest. It has been proposed to deliver them by air via drones. There are currently many obstacles to this approach, including aircraft, airspace and cardiac arrest factors. Well, Amazon has, for all the different reasons, been very aggressively tackling the aircraft factors. Amazon sells goods and delivers them. And they are no longer satisfied, because we the costumers are not satisfied, to deliver them the next day. They/we want them delivered in a matter of hours. Their solution are again drones and their new delivery service called Amazon Prime Air. Amazon has been well aware of the shortcomings of existing drones, and since they surely have money to invest + vision and drive, they have been working on their own drones. Their new drone is fully autonomous, can fly for 15 miles at speeds up to 60 mph, and what is a great breakthrough, can fly vertically like octocopter and horizontally like a plane.

Rapid advances in the retail business might ultimately benefit other fields, including saving lives of cardiac arrest victims. Check out Amazon’s entertaining video about their new drone presented by Jeremy Clarkson.

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We need: cheap as chips AEDs

I am starting a new series of blog posts that I’ll call – We need. This is where I will be musing about things the World in a broad sense needs to be a better place. I will not be writing science fiction, but aim to write about what we can achieve soon, with the technology we already have, if we were just a bit more creative and bold.

My first article is about saving human lives with cheap Automated External Defibrillators.
Cheap as chips AED
Continue reading We need: cheap as chips AEDs

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RCEM15 conference

I just came back from The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Annual Scientific Conference held in Manchester, UK from 28 to 30 September. It was an excellent conference, with great organisation and fantastic speakers including international lecturers like the larger than life Scott Weingart and amazing Cliff Reid, not to mention a range of UK based professors and consultants.

For a brilliant summary of the most exciting lectures, I recommend you visit the RCEM FOAMed Network.

I have participated with two abstracts based on the research I have conducted during the last 6 months. Both were presented as posters, and you can view them below.

Patient Results Collector, an open source computer software to facilitate clinical audits. A case study.

Can we consider adjusting cutoff point of HemosIL D-dimer assay fo the exclusion of pulmonary embolism?

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