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Apps that find the least busy ER are on the wrong track

Emergency departments would do well to tell their potential patient population that smartphone apps featuring which neighborhood ER is the least busy are generally a waste of money. For patients with the sniffles, this might be useful information — although it is...

source: By Alan Kelsky
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When Jeffrey Hammerstein started as a paramedic in the 1980s, the likelihood of cardiac-arrest patients surviving was extremely low, not just in Wake County, North Carolina, where he still works, but anywhere in the nation. Standard guidelines...

source: Government Executive

A new study published in The BMJ has linked a commonly prescribed antibiotic, clarithromycin, to an increased risk of cardiac death. Clarithromycin belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolide antibiotics. It is used to treat an array...

source: Medical News Today

Hoping to turn regular cellphone-toting Angelenos into rapid responders, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has linked its dispatch system to a cellphone app that will notify CPR-trained good Samaritans when someone in a public place nearby is having a cardiac arrest....

source: Los Angeles Times

Cardiac arrest happen to anyone at any time. Having an automated external defibrillator on hand can save the life of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Here are five reasons your company should have an AED.

source: Cincinnati Business Courier

The Stillwater Fire Department is taking the lead on how to best care for future heart-related emergencies, and hopes to make Stillwater a "Heart Safe Community." "The idea is to improve the chance of survival of sudden cardiac arrest by...

source: The Stillwater Gazette

On Sept. 14, 2007, Lorenz Diesbergen, 44, stepped off a commuter train in downtown Chicago and began his daily walk to work in the Chicago Loop. As he crossed the bridge over the Chicago River, his heart's normal rhythm suddenly deteriorated into an uncoordinated frenzy...

source: Forbes


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