The average person in the United States isn’t prepared to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and there’s no time to learn in an emergency.
A Danish study indicates that the most effective way to improve survival rates of heart attacks outside the hospital (OHCAs or Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests) is a solid push for CPR public education. People need to be taught how (and when) to administer CPR, they say, in addition to first aid.
We can’t instruct you properly on CPR here (and frankly, you shouldn’t learn CPR from a blog post anyway), but there are many CPR classes and certification courses around the country, and most likely in your community as well.
Now, if you’re a North American, you may be saying “That study came from the Netherlands (Danish actually means from Denmark; you’re thinking of Dutch. Don’t worry, I get confused sometimes too). Why should we listen to the Danish?”
Soon, doctors will be “joining” paramedics in the field by diagnosing patients at the scene — virtually.
The use of video streaming to broadcast doctors is being considered to provide better assessment of patients on the scene. The face-to-face video contact (think FaceTime) is scheduled to come to some areas of the United States in the near future.
Video streaming is an easy and inexpensive way to help doctors see injuries and conditions, and can save invaluable time when diagnosing a patient. So, why hasn’t the idea been explored more thoroughly before the Affordable Care Act?
Besides the potential benefits to patients, there is one other motivating factor behind the idea. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals risk being fined for readmitting patients within 30 days of their last visit.
A Mississippi air ambulance carrying a patient and three flight crew had to make an emergency landing in Madison County Thursday night, due to mechanical problems.
All four people were taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson with non-life-threatening injuries, according to WLOX 13.
The four people on board the aircraft included a patient, pilot, flight nurse, and paramedic.
According to WJTV, MedStat’s CEO said the pilot made a precautionary landing in an open field on Ratliff Ferry Road in Madison County.
The property owner was quoted by WLOX 13 as saying “I heard a helicopter just really, really, really loud. Then it sounded like a motorcycle. Then all of a sudden it got really loud and it sounded like it really was in my driveway.”
Sky News and IANS are reporting that a backpacker has fallen to his death from the helicopter that was about to transport him, as the crew tried to rescue him.
We do not have very much information regarding the accident at this time. What we know is that the man was apparently being airlifted following an injury to his ankle while walking near Mansfield, a town located within the foothills of the Victorian section of the Australian Alps.
According to a spokesperson for the ambulance, the accident occurred while the team was attempting to get the patient into the aircraft. Sky News reported that the man fell 100 feet.
The following quotes are taken from the IANS report:
“I understand he was at the door of the helicopter and they were attempting to get him into the helicopter when it happened,” said the chief executive of the air ambulance company. “The flight crew and the paramedic winched back down to the scene to attempt to resuscitate the patient but unfortunately he was beyond help.”
I’m consistently amazed at the enthusiasm, respect, and overall awareness our neighbors across the pond have for their local air ambulance teams.
In just the latest example I’ve happened to come across (albeit a couple days late), the BBC reported that about 100 cyclists rode their choice of 100 kilometers or 100 miles to raise vital funds for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust as part of The Double 100 Cycle Challenge.
Some participants of the event were air ambulance crew members and at least one former patient transported by the service. Coinciding with the popular event, the Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Ambulance just got a new MD-902 explorer helicopter to replace an older aircraft at one of their bases.