Emergency Physicians Lead Doctors in Smartphone Use

From FierceHealthcare:

Also of interest were differences in mobile-device use between practitioners in various medical specialties. “We assumed that specialty-based segments of the medical community might differ in their media habits and use mobile devices to varying degrees,” said Mike Donatello, vice president of research at Bulletin Healthcare parent company Bulletin News, LLC. “Still, we were surprised to find a threefold range in mobile-device use, between emergency physicians and physician assistants on the high end, and clinical pathologists on the low end.”

Devices will ‘revolutionize’ CPR

From Cincinnati.com:

The statistics for surviving sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital are dismal: Fewer than 10 percent make it.

But a recent study suggests that two new devices used together while performing CPR on a cardiac arrest victim can have a dramatic effect on survival rates.

Patients treated with the devices, one of which is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration had a 53 percent better chance of survival than those who underwent standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They also suffered less brain damage.

“This will eventually revolutionize the way we do CPR,” said Dr. Michael Olinger, medical director for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and the Indianapolis Fire Department. “This is the first study that has ever shown that you can make a difference in outcome with a CPR intervention.”

The two devices, one of which resembles a plunger, work together to increase blood circulation during the life-saving CPR procedure.

Rescue doctors provide on-scene care

From Washington University:

Washington University has the only Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program in Missouri that routinely sends emergency medicine physicians along with its own ambulances to treat trauma patients at disaster scenes.

WU EMS vehicles are equipped with standard sirens and lights, cardiac monitors, medications and advanced airway instrumentation — everything needed to save a patient when every second counts.

“We are bringing Washington University into the community by providing the expertise of our physicians,” says David K. Tan, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and medical director of WU EMS. “I am convinced that we provide better medical care by being out in the field with our EMS colleagues.