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Dr. James Jude, who pioneered CPR, has passed away at 87

In CPR, In Memoriam by Paul Martin1 Comment

Dr. James Jude developed CPR in 1960, after observing colleagues Dr. William Kouwenhoven and graduate student Guy Knickerbocker’s work with defibrillators. Dr. Kouwenhoven is the developer of the defibrillator and Knickerbocker was doing work with fibrillating dogs at the time. Jude figured that pressure applied rhythmically to the center of the chest, with the heel of the hand, could jump-start …

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“The amount of blood was amazing…” Why You Should Know how to Handle a Deadly Fall

In In Memoriam, Inspirational Stories, Inspirational/thought provoking/interesting, ProTrainings, Rescues by Elizabeth Shaw4 Comments

Deb Nordlie was just leaving a restaurant and going to her car when she saw a woman trip over a curb and hit the ground hard. Nordlie said, “The amount of blood was amazing. I dashed over and made her stay steady. Two passersby asked how they could help, so I had one call 911 and the other go back …

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Teen Dies on Delta Flight

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A 16-year-old boy  died after suffering a medical emergency on  Delta Flight 128 flying from Seattle to Atlanta. The young man, Zachery Bisiar, was flying  family members Saturday when “he went into medical distress.” The cause of death is still pending, but a Spokane medical examiner said “the cause of death is pending, but is thought to be “a rare …

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The Virtual Autopsy

In In Memoriam, Med School, Medical Technology, ProTrainings, Research by Elizabeth Shaw6 Comments

For those who view postmortems for suspect-conviction purposes, an autopsy is a fundamental means in investigating an unexplained death. A team at the university of Zurich, Switzerland are pioneering a new way of performing autopsies. It’s known as a digital postmortem, or virtopsy. Although this is an exciting development, there are no plans to do away with the material scalpel …

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Natasha Richardson dies at 45

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I was optimistic about her condition, and sadly I was wrong.  Liam Neeson’s wife, actress Natasha Richardson has passed away due to the injuries she suffered while learning how to ski. It wasn’t but a year ago when I saw her in New York, full of life and I wasn’t really sure what I would have said to her, had …

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Special Effects Visionary Stan Winson dies

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I didn’t mean to post about yet another death, but this is a man that has had some effect on most of us, even if we never knew his name. Stan Winston is a man that won multiple visual effects Oscars. He created animatronic dinosaurs to compliment the digitally-animated dinosaurs of 1993’s Jurassic Park. He also won awards for his …

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Political Analyst Tim Russert Dies of Heart Attack

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CPR is a very important and life-saving skill. This is something that is reinforced whenever someone in the media passes away suddenly. This afternoon we lost Tim Russert, NBC News Washington bureau chief and “Meet the Press” moderator. He collapsed of a heart attack while doing voiceovers for “Meet the Press” at NBC’s Washington bureau. “This news division will not …