Wednesday, November 21, 2012

mmm, tacos

 Whole Health Source: Food Reward Friday

Food Reward Friday - a blog from a neurobiologist who recommends things like a Hardee's MONSTER THICKBURGER and this week's winner: the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco!

...and a lot of other good science'y stuff too.

Well, I'm hooked.

Just 9 minutes?!

I read this article today, finding it fascinating. 

During class, I always tell my students to "just keep going" as you'll be tired (CPR is exhausting!), or even start to think - what's the point.  Now, looks like the research is confirming what we've been telling students all this time. Press On! 

The article does point out that prolonged resuscitation is not suitable for every case, but "...found that patients have a better chance of surviving in hospitals that persist with CPR for just nine minutes longer, on average, than hospitals where efforts are halted earlier."

Just nine minutes?!?!  Wow. 

Dear Resuscitation Team,
Keep going!

And in even more encouraging news, senior study author, Dr. Nallamothu who's an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a cardiologist at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center found that "neurological function was similar, regardless of the duration of CPR."

That's always been the main argument against prolonged resuscitation. That the cost outweighs the benefits. Diminished neurological function, lessened quality of life - all valid concerns and still something that should be kept in mind during extended resuscitation efforts. But, perhaps after more medical professionals review this data they'll think twice before ceasing care.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My directorial debut

I'm so excited!

Last Thursday, we shot the video for the new Prestan Professional AED trainer.  What a great learning experience!  It was so cool to see the behind the scenes - to see what it really takes to make, what looks to us, a seamless one-take video.  One take ..ha!  How many times can the talent point to that button?! Or close that lid?!  I admire their patience and perseverance.

We're working with the folks at Jumpstart Video Productions and the voice talent of Theresa Seiders at That's All She Read Voice Overs.  What a great group of professionals. I can't wait to see the finished product, feeling now like a kid on Christmas Eve.

I hope to share the video with you all soon - sometime around the first of December.  We're doing something else rather cool too.  Shooting an introductory video, kind of a,' Hey, check out this new product' thing as well as instructional segments on how to put the unit together, work the buttons and such.  I've been getting quite a few calls lately from customers who want to see it in action.  Patience grasshoppa, patience.

So!  Make sure to stay tuned as I'll be posting the videos soon.