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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.
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Ladies of the night to use AEDs


A well known Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, writes about an interesting initiative among prostitutes in the Ticino region of Switzerland. Lugano, a city in this region, is known to be somewhat of a sex capital with more than 38 sex clubs, which are frequently visited by man from neighboring Italy. Some of these man do not come home alive. Let’s just say they died happy, if you know what I mean 😉

However, this is in no way good for business, so lovely ladies who work in these clubs decided to do something about it. They want to get trained in CPR, as well as equip their work place with automated external defibrillators (AED). An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Way to go girls, you rock! Fantastic initiative indeed.
To learn how to start an AED program in your community, visit American Heart Association if in US, or Arrhythmia Alliance in UK.

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