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Directory of Emergency Physicians on Twitter

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I just launched a new mini website called TwittER ReaserchER. It is essentially a directory of emergency physicians across the globe who are using Twitter. The project started during research for an article about use of Twitter among emergency physicians. I started tweeting in 2008, and at that time there were only but a few emergency docs out there, but now we managed to identify almost 700 of them. The results of the analysis we performed on their accounts are currently under review in Emergency Medicine Journal. Hopefully the article will be accepted and published soon, so I can share the results with you.

On the website you can find a list of all the emergency physicians we were able to find using Twitter. Each user is represented by his/hers profile picture. If you click on it, you will be taken to the user’s Twitter profile. The list is constantly updating, and if you are an emergency physician using Twitter or know someone who is, please follow @research_er to get included. On this account we also created lists organizing emergency physicians according to the year they started tweeting. You can easily subscribe to these lists.

On the site you can also see the timeline of tweets from all the emergency physicians. It is updating every hour, so you can use it to follow what emergency physicians are saying on Twitter. This way you can follow them, without even being a registered Twitter user, which you should be!

Hope you like the site. I will try to improve it and add more features soon. Of course, your ideas are always welcomed.

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Prof. dr. Stefek Grmec: In Memoriam

I have been shocked and saddened today, when I heard the news that prof. Stefek Grmec from Slovenia has passed away. He was an astonishing emergency physician and a brilliant scientists, who has organized a fantastic ambulance service in his town of Maribor. In Maribor he was also a well respected professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Maribor School of Medicine. I still remember his interesting lectures about the new methods in emergency medicine, especially ultrasound and capnography, which were among his main research interests. He also organized the best conference on resuscitation I ever attended – the First Maribor Resuscitation Summit ‘’On the Future of CPR”, which took place in 2010 and featured the best scientists from across the globe in the area of CPR.

I could go on and on about his professional achievements, but really what was most special about him was his kindness and openness towards his colleagues. I could always approach him, send him an email with some questions or ideas, and he was always very eager and glad to help. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Rest in peace my dear prof. Grmec.

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Published 2 papers and 1 video

mobile chain of survival
Just recently my colleague and I have published two research papers. I am very proud of the first one titled “Mobile phone in the Chain of Survival”, which was published after a lot of research in the Resuscitation journal. This short paper gives an overview of vast possibilities possessed by mobile phones to be of assistance in medical emergencies. It represents a continuation of my work with CPR mobile applications. I have also now published a video of the lecture I gave during the Resuscitation 2010 congress about the same subject. You can watch my 10 minute lecture here, and read our paper at the Resuscitation website.

The second paper we wrote appeared in the Croatian journal Lijecnicki Vjesnik (in English this would be something like Physician’s Newsletter). It is a case report demonstrating a patient with smell disorders, which we suspect were caused be lacidipine, a calcium channel blocker used to treat hypertension. So far this drug has not been linked with smell disorders, but other calcium channel blockers from the same group are well known to cause such problems. The paper is written in Croatian, but its abstracts is available in English – Can lacidipine cause smell disorders? A case report.

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Webicina smartphone app

Webicina app
My dear colleague dr. Bertalan Mesko, better known as Berci, who just happens to be one of the best medical bloggers out there, has recently published his own smartphone app. You see, apart from running a super successful blog called ScienceRoll, Berci is the founder and managing director of Webicina, a site that has been helping physicians enter the web 2.0 era and empowering patients to find medically reliable content online. Webicina curates online medical resources in social media for free in over 15 languages in over 80 medical specialties and conditions, and is now also available on the phone near you. Webicina mobile application makes it easier to access these selected resources on smartphones and also includes a Health 2.0 Quiz which was designed to help empowered patients and medical professionals know more about the world of medicine and social media.

I have been testing the app on my iPhone, however it will soon also be available for other mobile platforms as well. For now you can download it for free in the iTunes store. The app is very nicely designed, and the cool thing is that you can browse through all the listed resources inside the app, without the need to go back and forward between your web browser. In just a few minutes of playing around with it, I found some great new resources and reminded myself of all the great content inside the Emergency Medicine category in which this blog is also featured. I can already see that I will be spending many hours exploring valuable new content on my phone using Webicina app, and if you want to stay on top of your game in your field, I strongly suggest you do the same.

Thank you Berci for providing such a wonderful, easy to use and free application for medical professionals and patients!

Learn more about Webicina.

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Resuscitation 2010 Congress

Resuscitation 2010 Congress
From 2nd until 4th of December 2010, the Resuscitation Congress organized by the European Resuscitation Council will take place in Porto, Portugal. This congress takes place each year in a different European country and is famous for great scientific programs.

I will be participating with two papers. On Saturday, 4 December in room Miragaia between 11:00 – 12:30, I will talk about mobile phones in the chain of survival. During the talk I will also mention my CPR invention which utilizes mobile phones to offer CPR prompts & feedback. I am also the coauthor of another paper which will be presented as a poster. Paper titled “Comparing methods for weight estimation of children” will be displayed in the Poster Room. The authors will be answering questions during the Poster Tour 22 on Friday, 3 December during lunch.

See you in Porto!

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New CPR Guidelines

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Did you know that less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR! There are some countries, especially Scandinavian ones, which can be proud that their numbers are much higher, but the rest of us are performing poorly in helping others survive. This is a shame, because effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

CPR has been invented 50 years ago, but still as lot of people could not care less. I guess they are thinking sudden cardiac arrest has nothing to do with them, it cannot happen to them. But they are wrong! It can happen to anyone, even young people, and sometimes without any warning signs. In fact almost 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home, so everyone can easily find themselves in a situation where they are completely ignorant of what to do. Please, don’t be one of those people.

Check out the major changes in the new CPR guidelines published by the European Resuscitation Council.

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