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Hands can do incredible things…

…but nothing compares to using them to help save a life

Hands only CPR

American Heart Association is conducting a promotional campaign to motivate and educate people to learn and if necessary perform Hands-Only CPR.

They say that…. “When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. But less than 1/3 of those people get that help. Most bystanders are worried they might do something wrong or make things worse.”

Could not agree more.

Among other very useful materials, they have created this great interactive web application called Hands Symphony which is so incredibly fun. Try it and share it with other. If you get only one person to learn Hands-Only CPR, that would be a great thing.

Hands Symphony


Finger Device Might Predict Heart Attacks

EndoPAT by Itamar Medical, is a simple device for non-invasive measurement of endothelial function. Researchers at Mayo Clinic and Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston used this device to test 270 patients between the ages of 42 and 66 and followed their progress from August 1999 to August 2007. What they found was that 49% of patients whose EndoPAT test indicated poor endothelial function had a cardiac event during the seven-year study. It seams that EndoPAT might be very useful for risk assessment of the patients.

How does this thing work?

EndoPAT consists of digital recording equipment and two finger probes. During the test probes are placed on each index finger and hooked up to a small machine to measure blood flow. A standard blood pressure cuff is placed on one arm; the arm without the cuff is the control. A reading of the fingers’ blood flow rate begins, and then the blood pressure cuff on one arm is inflated for a few minutes and then deflated, allowing for three timed readings. The role of the inflated blood pressure cuff is to occlude and then release blood flow to assess reactive hyperemia (RH), the normal blood flow response that occurs when occlusion is released. In the study, 49 percent of the patients who went on to have a cardiac event had a low RH score.

The study mentioned in the article will be presented Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session in Orlando.

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Creative Health Advertising, part 7

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Trident Blancheur: Cinema

Becel: Elevator

Jin Si Ping: Tootbrush, Spoon, Pen
“Stopping tremor, Jin Si Ping beats Parkinson’s disease effectively.”

Smoke Free Home: Kid

Tylenol: Wrecking Ball

Modern Shoe Hospital: Band Aid

CDR: Table
“Strong bone formula.”

Liga Contra el Cáncer: 15000

BC Lung Association: For More Information

ACT Mouthwash: Bad
“Bad breath is unforgiving.”

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation: Sam, Charlotte, Molly

Garmastan: Torn Nipple

Mexican Association of Pediatricians: Soccer

Cancer Association of North Rhine Westphalia: Breast Cancer Prevention Package

The Lung Association: Hole

Be sure to check out other creative health ads:

Creative Health Advertising, part 6
Creative Health Advertising, part 5
Creative Health Advertising, part 4
Creative Health Advertising, part 3
Creative Health Advertising, part 2
Creative Health Advertising, part 1


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:


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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