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Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Live on December 14

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Thanks to Mark Hopkins, the director of Living in Emergency documentary, and his crew you have a chance to see what work for Doctors Without Borders really looks like in the field. Living in Emergency was filmed in war zones of Libera and Congo with unprecedented access to field operations. The story follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Here is the trailer:

If you live in the US, you have a chance to participate in the unique one night event. Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor of ABC News 20/20, will host this event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” and will moderate a LIVE panel discussion with MSF frontline aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite on December 14, from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

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Laser for stitching wounds

Professor Abraham Katzir and his colleagues from the Physics Department at the Tel Aviv University in Israel have developed a laser which could one day replace surgical stitches. The machine is still in its early stages of development, but looks quite promising.

You will learn more by watching the video from Reuters below.

The video got you interested, so go on and learn even more about their Laser Tissue Bonding project.

Via DVICE.

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Bill Bailey’s Foreign Ambulance Sirens

Bill Bailey, is a popular English stand-up comedian, musician and actor. In 2007 he was voted number seven on UK Channel 4’s hundred greatest stand-ups. Here is his joke about ambulance sirens in different countries.

Here are the lyrics and English translation of the song he sings at the end.

English translation:

Attention
We are injured
We have a man
He’s called Jean-Michel
His leg is broken
With a young girl
She’s caled Gisèle
She’s so beautiful
They climbed up a tree
To make love
They adopted the missionary position – Its popular
He fell
He broke his leg
Attention

French Lyrics:

Attention!
Nous sommes blessés
Nous avons un homme
Il s’appelle Jean-Michel
Sa jambe est cassé
Avec une jeune fille
Elle s’appelle Gisèle
C’est si belle
Ils ont montés dans un arbre
Pour faire l’amour
Il a adopté la position misionnaire – c’est populaire
Il est tombé
Sa jambe est cassé
Attention!

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ACLS for iPhone

Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) app is now available for iPhone. It guides you through the algorithms for the urgent treatment of acute coronary syndrome, bradycardia, tachycardia, edema, hypotension, shock, electric cardioversion, hypothermia, pulseless arrest and suspected stroke. While it is obviously not useful during a code, it is a good reference to check from time to time. These algorithms can easily be forgotten, especially if you don’t practice or encounter such patients regularly.

ACLS is priced at 4.99, which is quite reasonable if you ask me.

Here are some screen shots of this application:

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To learn more about Advance Cardiac Life Support, visit American Heart Association Website where you can also read the complete guidelines.

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Access life-saving information in the field using iPhone

I came across a press release which further strengthened my belief that iPhone is perfect for doctors. The whole project is so exciting that I just didn’t want to leave anything out. That’s why I decided to include the complete press release here.

iPhone and new technology enables health providers to access key life-saving information

BLACK DIAMOND, AB, Oct. 3 /CNW/ – When Foothills Regional Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Mike Anderson recently arrived at the scene of a car accident and found a person unconscious, he assessed the patient’s condition and realizing he had little patient information, activated an iPhone to obtain necessary health data on the person’s allergies and current medications.

Since April, the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network (PCN) has conducted a pilot project using iPhones and unique software to provide secure access to patient data to physicians and other health providers outside of health facilities.

At the Foothills Family Medical Centre, Dr. Tim Dowdall and the nine other family physicians volunteered to pilot and manage the iPhone initiative funded by the Primary Care Network. The iPhones have been modified to increase security of patient data with protocols that exceed those of banking machines and other secure networks. Also, even if an iPhone is lost or misplaced
somewhere, no patient information resides in the phone. As well, a Patient Impact Assessment, a standard security review done by the Primary Care Network when new health technology was introduced, validates the company’s security safeguards.

The iPhones are linked with a state of the art software program that allows physicians and other designated health providers to pull information from the local electronic medical records in the Foothills Clinic to the point of care.

“The iPhone and support software,” says Dowdall, “improves the quality of care and access to necessary patient information for those of us who are working outside of our clinics and need data to make a clinical decision.” This is the kind of information sharing required to serve patients living in a
community with increasingly complex health issues.

Theresia Berry, a Paramedic with Foothills Regional Emergency Services in Black Diamond, south of Calgary, believes the iPhone has become an invaluable tool for accessing necessary patient data. “Often before we even arrive at the scene, we can use the iPhone, find out the patient’s past medical history, and just have a better idea of what we’re dealing with so we’re prepared,” she says.

They might receive a call because a person is in distress, but it could be one health condition or several medical issues. Sometimes even when they arrive at the scene, the person or family members may not be aware or under too much stress to explain clearly the medications and health conditions of the person affected.

“The iPhone gives us immediate and accurate clarification of the person’s health status,” she explains. Dr. Dowdall gives a unique example of taking the health iPhone and going
on vacation in Banff, Alberta. He received a call from his clinic about a patient and unlike in the past, when a non-urgent decision would be deferred until his return, he activated the iPhone, looked at the patient data, and made a decision.

This information sharing project and the use of technology supports the type of collaborative practice required among health professionals to coordinate and improve medical care. Homecare nurses in their offices can currently use the solution in linking patient electronic data from the Foothills Clinic. There are huge benefits in accessing information when visiting clients’ homes. Frequently people with complex health needs are confused regarding their conditions and various drugs and treatments that are being employed. Having one shared “source of truth” in the electronic record is extremely beneficial to get the care team on the same page.

Berry does admit there is one challenge in sometimes using the iPhone, especially in a more rural location. Cell phone reception is occasionally not good. However, Berry says she and her partner, EMT Mike Anderson, are aware of those locations and are usually able to obtain the necessary patient data before entering those areas.

Response to date from all physicians involved in the iPhone pilot project has been positive, says Dowdall. What makes the technology unique is that physicians can input into the software program the level of patient information other health providers require to do their jobs while restricting
access to any other information. This collaboration, and providing iPhone access to patient medical records, is likely a first in Canada and represents a significant step forward in having all health professionals working as a team to provide better health care to patients in Alberta.

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a made-in-Alberta approach to improve the delivery of primary care. A Primary Care Network is formed when a group of physicians and Alberta Health Services agree to work together to provide enhanced primary care services. In addition to physicians, other health professionals are key partners in delivering PCN services. Alberta Health and Wellness, Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services are partners in the development of Primary Care Networks.

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Survival Tips

Article by Dr. Pamela F. Gallin featured in Reader’s Digest offers some advice on how to “Save Your Own Life“. Go ahead and read these expert tips for the following do-or-die emergencies: lost in the wilderness, chocking, heart attack, impalement, swimming emergencies, bear attack, poisoning, severe bleeding, rising water, allergic reaction, trapped in a burning building.
save your own life

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