Archives for November 28, 2005

You’d think the name would have been a warning…. – MacDonald charged in Wendy’s heist – Nov 28, 2005

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — He works at a Wendy’s, and his name is Ronald MacDonald — but now he may be known as the Hamburglar.

Two workers at a Wendy’s in Manchester, New Hampshire, have been charged with taking money from the safe. One of the suspects is Ronald MacDonald.

MedGadget 2005 Medical Blog Awards

Well, it’s that time:

Welcome to the second annual Medical Weblog Awards! These awards are designed to honor the very best in the medical blogosphere, as decided by you–the readers of these fine medical blogs.

It’s been another year filled with explosive growth, stirring debate, and excellent writing — in a number of fields. Our categories reflect this diversity. The categories for this year’s awards will be:

— Best Medical Weblog

— Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2005)

— Best Literary Medical Weblog

— Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

— Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

— Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

Nominations are now accepted in the comment section of this post. [Ed. Not here! Follow the link!] Nominate your favorite medical weblog, even if it’s your own. A blog can participate in more than one category.

The following timeline will be observed:

— Nominations will be accepted until Friday, December 30, 2005.

— Polls will be open from Tuesday, January 3, 2006 and will close at midnight on Sunday, January 15, 2005 (PST).

— Awards will be announced on Wednesday, January 25, 2006.

I will take this opportunity to remove myself from voting for this year. I’ve enjoyed being the Inagural winner, and the speaking tour, while exhausting, was educational and fun. I’ll be nominating blogs, and encourage you to, as well.

New CPR Recommendations

More CPR news!

A couple of weeks ago it was announced CPR could be taught more quickly and effectively, and today the American Heart Association announced changes to the CPR recommendations that should make the actual performance of CPR easier:

Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — New guidelines for resuscitating people whose hearts suddenly stop emphasize more and faster chest compressions, with fewer stops to breathe oxygen-rich air into the patient’s mouth.

“The 2005 guidelines take a `back to basics’ approach to resuscitation,” said Robert Hickey, chair of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care programs. “The association believes the new guidelines will contribute to more people doing CPR effectively,” he said in a statement.

Rescuers should give 30 chest compressions then two breaths to all adults, children and infants needing CPR. That’s double the previously recommended 15 compressions for every two breaths in adults in the previous guidelines published in 2000. It also simplifies the technique for children and infants, who previously received one breath for every five compressions.

The emphasis on chest compressions carries over to the use of automated external defibrillators, the devices now found in airports, schools and other public places to shock an erratically beating or stopped heart back into a normal rhythm.

CPR is an effective lifesaving technique, and the survival rate is clearly higher the earlier good CPR is started. That having been said, a whole lot of people aren’t crazy about that whole ‘mouth to mouth breathing thing’, and I don’t blame them. This makes that less frequent, but still recommends rescue breaths.

Okay, and now the caveat: none of this is based on really bulletproof science, it’s consensus guidelines to do the best we can. This is why they’re recommendations.