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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Free CPR Classes

The AHA (American Heart Association) will be offering FREE CPR classes throughout "CPR Week" which is on April 1st-8th. I encourage you all that aren't already certified to sign up at your nearest location and participate. It's well worth it and will put your mind at ease (at least somewhat). If you enjoy the class then consider taking a first aid class or even a first responder class. You might even consider going into an EMT class someday (make an informed decision though and do a ride along first before you invest the time in it).

For more information on the free CPR class go here or call 1-877-AHA-4CPR .

In other news, I have duty today at the squad. Maybe we'll get something tonight (not that I am hoping for it, because that comes at the expense of others) since the last few duties have been really quiet.

Stay safe everyone,
Bravomedic out.


In all my nerdyness I was looking through New Scientist for an article about something totally different and found this... It seems to be your sort of thing


Putting injured bodies on ice can reduce the damage to organs caused by reduced blood flow.

However, a recent patent filing from the US National Institute of Health warns that cooling the entire body can damage the heart and increase the risk of infection. Instead it suggests cooling the body locally and from within.

This could be done with a catheter threaded into the artery carrying blood to the target organ. The catheter is a polymer tube a few millimetres wide and around 20 centimetres long with two separate channels down the middle. One channel has entry holes at one end and exit holes at the other, allowing blood to flow through it instead of through the artery. The other channel carries a fluid similar to engine anti-freeze which is pumped from a refrigerator alongside the patient.

Heat exchange inside the catheter quickly cools the blood from the normal 37°C to around 30C, chilling the damaged organ while the rest of the body stays warm.

And all the complicated stuff thats more to your taste can be found here:

Knock yourself out ;)


By Blogger K. A. Taylor, at 12:05 PM  

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