Hospital recommends Beyonce and ABBA for CPR training

From CNN:

In an effort to help train first responders in hands-only CPR, the hospital dropped a 40-song playlist jam-packed with artists from Beyonce to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The hospital site lists out all the CPR steps, but the key number to remember is 100 compressions per minute. That’s where the playlist comes in.
With every song bumping at the 100 beats-per-minute benchmark, each works as a guide for timing compressions.
Headlining the playlist is the most applicable song: “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. However, if you want a song that’s less dead-on, the hospital also recommends “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira and “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies.


Early Intervention Could Help Physician Patients Steer Clear of the ED

From NJ Spotlight:

New Jersey lawmakers are seeking to significantly expand initial screening programs for mental illness in an effort to divert patients in crisis from hospital emergency rooms into more appropriate community-based treatment.

In recent years, hospital officials have seen a growing number of patients with psychiatric problems flocking to their emergency departments when they are unable to find affordable care elsewhere. This results in less effective patient care and higher healthcare costs overall, experts note.

On Monday, an Assembly panel was the first legislative body to approve measures to beef up early intervention services (EIS) for individuals with mental illness and ensure each of New Jersey’s 21 counties have locally based programs — effectively doubling the number of sites currently operating. The proposals, introduced in January and crafted with significant input from hospital officials and mental health providers, are designed to better identify patients that need help and connect them with local mental health programs before they end up in the emergency room.

Cafes, ATMs might be good places for emergency defibrillators

From Reuters:

Storing defibrillators at coffee shops and banks with automated teller (ATM) machines might help bystanders provide faster emergency aid to patients having a cardiac arrest, a Canadian study suggests.

That’s because these places are often located near where patients typically experience cardiac arrest, and they may be open around the clock, researchers conclude in the journal Circulation.

Plus, bystanders who have no idea where to look for what’s known as an automated external defibrillator (AED) can probably easily find the nearest bank or chain coffee shop like Tim Hortons or Starbucks.