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Intraosseous access video lecture

Intraosseous access is now a common procedure in emergency departments. Everyone seams to be familiar with how to use some of the popular assisted devices. It is very easy to learn how to use them during a quick workshop. However, I have noticed that many do not know all the theory around it. They are good at the sexy bit of introducing the needle, but do not really understand indications, contraindications and all the other parts, like anaesthesia, to make the most of it.
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Taking 100.000 lives per year in the UK

Do you know who is the infamous killer from the title?
AIDS? No
Lung cancer? No
Breast cancer? No
All of them combined? No, its sudden cardiac arrest.

Watch a short documentary about the massive loss of life in the UK due to sudden cardiac arrest and ways that the death rate can be dramatically reduced.

Help the goal to place 500 public access AEDs across the UK.

Learn and perform better quality CPR with our CPR PRO mobile app.
Learn how AEDs work and practice using these lifesaving machines with our AED Trainer app.

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Creative CPR ads

Getting people to take notice of anything related to CPR is hard. Who cares, right? People would rather talk about Lady Gaga, sports, or whatever. Not many actually visit YouTube to search for CPR videos. So you have to be extremely creative to get their attention. Here are some great CPR ads that really get the message across to ordinary folks.

Vinnie Jones’ hard and fast Hands-only CPR
This ad has been released about 3 weeks ago by the British Heart Foundation, and has become viral in the last couple of days on Twitter and other social networks. It features Vinnie Jones, a famous English film actor and retired Welsh footballer, as a tough mobster giving you a lesson you will never forger. A lesson in hands-only CPR. There are two versions of the ad, with slight differences like the end, and you can see them both below.

Short version

Long version

More CPR ads after the break.
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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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Ivor Medical on MedGadget

Ivor Medical
I am very proud to announce that the CPR PRO line of products I am developing through my Ivor Medical company, has been featured on MedGadget, the best online journal covering emerging medical technology. Their story features an exclusive video made especially for MedGadget in which I talk about cardiopulmonary resuscitation and demonstrate our application for smart phones as well as our CPR PRO Cradle, which makes chest compressions easier to perform.

You can watch the video here as well, but be sure to visit MedGadget since they are offering 20 promo codes to the fastest readers to download the app for free.

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