Archive - Nov 4, 2012

Archive - Nov 4, 2012

Luck of the Irish

***The following essay is from my essay to the CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge. http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/856830
****I'll add a link to my video once I have posted. I'd be honored for this dream to become a reality.

"Luck of the Irish"

As I’ve spent the last few days watching iReport videos from last year’s “Lucky Seven” and this year’s FitNation hopefuls, I’ve been in awe of the stories and experiences I’ve listened to and read. Everyone seems to have a great reason for applying and there is no doubt that they make a very strong case as to why they should be chosen, but I am going to give this awesome opportunity a shot nonetheless.

Temporal Patterns for SCA Outside Hospitals: Highest Risk from 9:00 AM-Noon, Saturday-Monday, and from October-December

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when normal blood circulation stops due to the heart failing to contract effectively, is a serious manifestation for people with underlying heart disease. Survival rates for SCA are typically poor and drop to 10 percent or less when patients experience SCA outside the hospital. However, little is known about when SCA is most likely to occur.

In a new study led by Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) fellow Akshay Bagai, MD, researchers set out to learn whether there are temporal patterns of SCA occurrence outside of a hospital setting. The study reviewed data from 911 dispatch centers, emergency medical service providers, and hospitals in 35 communities across the United States and stored in the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). Researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 out-of-hospital SCA events between 2005 and 2010.

Penn Researchers Report on Success of Crowdsourcing AED Project

Study Highlights:

  • Participants in a “crowdsourcing” challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places.

  • Although more AEDs are being placed in gyms, schools, shopping malls and public buildings, their exact location is often unknown, and their use remains low.

LOS ANGELES — Participants in a “crowdsourcing” challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

Crowdsourcing is when the public conducts tasks traditionally done by a company, individual or a group with special skills.

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