Posts in Perspectives
Internet of Things (IoT) and Prehospital Care

IoT has the potential to improve emergency services for both first responders and patients. Improving driving conditions for paramedics and providing information on a structure’s integrity are just a few ways IoT is impacting prehospital care.  

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Death by Medical Error: A Team Approach to Resolution

Thousands of deaths occur each year as a result of medical errors, and a team approach to resolution could prevent many of these mistakes.

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What’s Fair Pay for EMTs and Paramedics?

It is no secret that low wages have a negative effect on organizational culture. Low pay puts EMTs in a position to work overtime or even secondary jobs often resulting in burnout and sleep deprivation. No one operates at full capacity when they are fatigued and in the medical industry mistakes are a matter of life and death.

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How Augmented Reality Helps Train Ultrasound Technicians

But even while still learning and training, up-and-coming medical professionals, especially ultrasound technicians, will be able to improve their skills. AR will allow them to examine 3D anatomy, which will make the learning process easier. And by practicing scanning holographic organs, they will be able to observe in real-time and understand how ultrasound beams work to generate an ultrasound image. 

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Augmented Healthcare: How Augmented Reality is Shaping Medicine

Augmented reality (AR) is at the forefront of the ever-evolving healthcare industry. It gives us hope for tools that help navigate common practice challenges in ways we have not been able to imagine. At MedCognition, we are excited about how this blossoming technology will benefit the human experience in the world of healthcare and beyond.

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The Beginner's Mind

Healthcare could benefit from more eyes trained specifically at looking for red flags.  Conditions that may trigger high alerts and require mobilization of critical resources.  Developing apprentices of patient safety moves beyond just creation of rapid response teams. It requires a dedication of those on the frontlines of healthcare to evergreen training and learning. This sort of training may require innovative modalities of rapidly deploying experience and knowledge to those on the frontlines.  It may require physicians think a bit differently about the traditional physician to physician apprenticeship model.  It may require us to democratize medical knowledge.

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Three Things a Medic Can Do Today to Deliver Better Stroke Care in the Pre-Hospital Setting

Cerebrovascular accidents, commonly known as stokes, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) put the number of stroke deaths at more than 140,000 per year. That is just the number of deaths. The number of those disabled from a stroke is much higher. 

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On Being Prepared, Having No Regrets and Delivering Asymmetric Impact.

I began my medical career as a first responder within the US Army. I was a US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant or Green Beret Medic (18D). We received the civilian NREMT Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Training curriculums augmented with 3rd world-centric medicine and military trauma management training. The training provided to me was thorough and detailed. We were held to a high-performance standard, and patient care mistakes or oversights were unacceptable as our next patients would be in a combat zone. 

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