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    Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack

    Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday.


    The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine.



    With the next medical facility 90 miles (150 kilometers) away and no one else around to help, he hooked himself up to an electrocardiogram (EKG), which showed a complete heart block that may have been due to an evolving heart attack.


    The man then performed another EKG on himself, which confirmed the diagnosis of a heart attack.


    He emailed the results to a doctor via the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), and found an emergency physician to talk with him via real-time video.


    Then, he inserted intravenous (IV) lines in both of his own arms and self-administered drugs including aspirin, blood thinners, painkillers and a clot-dissolving drug called tenecteplase.

    "He attached his own defibrillator pads and prepared adrenaline, atropine, and amiodarone," which are drugs to treat heart rhythm problems, said the report.


    As it turned out, the clot-busting drugs worked, and the heart attack subsided.


    He was flown the next day to a cardiology unit in Perth, a stent was inserted in the coronary artery that had grown blocked, and he went home two days later.


    Experts said his extreme, do-it-yourself, MacGyver-like approach would not be recommended for most people.


    But the use of the clot-busting drug is standard procedure for people who are far from a hospital, and his own medical knowledge likely contributed to saving his own life.


    "It was quite genius to be able to do all these things," said Brandon Godbout, vice chair of the emergency department at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.


    "When nobody else is around, what do you do? This person seemed to have quite good experience in emergency care, based on their confidence in managing this severe situation," said Godbout, who was not involved with the case but said reading about it made him smile.


    The case also shows the importance of telemedicine, particularly as hospitals retreat from rural areas, leaving more people far from emergency medical care.


    "I think telemedicine is crucial to dealing with these sorts of emergencies," Godbout added.

    https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/alone...ck-doc-1247cp1

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    Great story.

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    It's a bit like cheering on a decorator because he was able to put up his own wallpaper, isn't it?

    "It was quite genius to be able to do all these things," said Brandon Godbout, vice chair of the emergency department at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

    "When nobody else is around, what do you do? This person seemed to have quite good experience in emergency care, based on their confidence in managing this severe situation," said Godbout, who was not involved with the case but said reading about it made him smile.
    He was a trained fucking nurse for FFS.

    But the use of the clot-busting drug is standard procedure for people who are far from a hospital, and his own medical knowledge likely contributed to saving his own life.
    No shit, Sherlock.

    The case also shows the importance of telemedicine, particularly as hospitals retreat from rural areas, leaving more people far from emergency medical care.
    The case also shows that if you are not an experienced medical practicioner, and there is no medical care nearby, you're probably fucked.

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    There's going to be a documentary for sure made about this " I Survived "

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    It's stories like this one that makes my heart bleed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    "He attached his own defibrillator pads and prepared adrenaline, atropine, and amiodarone," which are drugs to treat heart rhythm problems, said the report.
    This man had decided he was not to die! Wonder how he would know when it was time to turn on the defibrillator and could he have done it in time.

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    when will ECGs and defribillators be build into mobile phones ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    This man had decided he was not to die! Wonder how he would know when it was time to turn on the defibrillator and could he have done it in time.
    "He emailed the results to a doctor via the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), and found an emergency physician to talk with him via real-time video."

    TBH Misskit, these things are nowadays called "Automated External Defribillators" for a reason, it's not like the movies anymore.




    An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

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    maybe they can incorporate it in a new cat phone

    the s61 was just shown off - but same flir module and the laser distance unit only does 10 metres

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12497...sions-hands-on

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    "He emailed the results to a doctor via the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), and found an emergency physician to talk with him via real-time video."

    TBH Misskit, these things are nowadays called "Automated External Defribillators" for a reason, it's not like the movies anymore.

    I know how it works and it is just like the movies only the AED detects if a shock is needed instead of a doctor. The guy could have put on the patches and readied for it but I don’t think an AED can be turned on and left for hours in case his heart stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    I know how it works and it is just like the movies only the AED detects if a shock is needed instead of a doctor. The guy could have put on the patches and readied for it but I don’t think an AED can be turned on and left for hours in case his heart stopped.
    I think that's the whole point of "automated".

    You're supposed to leave it on until medical help arrives.

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