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Critical Changes

Daya and Nakamura review three new enhancements available in the Philips HeartStart MRx monitor-defibrillator: the Acute Coronary Ischemia-Time Insensitive Predictive Instrument (ACI-TIPI), the Thrombolytic Predictive Index (TPI) and Connected Care Data Management solution systems.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Strengthening the Chain of Survival

The cardiac chain of survival depends first and foremost on early CPR, but once EMS professionals arrive, quality measures -- such as real-time feedback and integrated debriefing -- make a vital difference in patient outcomes.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

Introduction

Improvements in training and medical direction—in both prehospital and hospital systems—has allowed technology and advanced medical treatment to rapidly expand in the field, hospitals and EDs. In many instances, innovative prehospital systems and their medical directors are on the front lines leading the charge.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

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The Most Important Test

The 12-lead ECG is the most important initial test for diagnosing acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Changes have recently been incorporated into the Philips DXL ECG algorithm and the HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator that enhance the ECG’s ability to detect acute ischemia, AMI & STEMI.

Posted Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Hampshire Towns Using Modems to Enhance EKGs

Towns have begun hooking those machines up to modems that can beam the reading right to the emergency room.

Posted Friday, September 18, 2009

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Physio-Control Inc. LUCAS 2

The LUCAS 2 from Physio-Control Inc. is a battery-operated mechanical CPR device. The rescuer places the base plate underneath the patient, then attaches LUCAS 2 and positions it above the patientÌs sternum.

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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CardioCommand Inc. StatMAP

The StatMAP from CardioCommand Inc. is a battery-powered device that uses a typical hand-squeeze bulb to inflate the cuff. The pressure is then automatically lowered and uses a oscillometric, step-deflate method for non-invasive blood pressure determination.

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Blood Tests Detect Heart Attacks Faster, Better

A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found.

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Playing Well with Others

Not all ePCRs are created equal. And the same is for ALS monitors, in terms of how their data can be used by ePCR systems.

Posted Saturday, August 1, 2009


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