Paramedics pilot new device for heart patients

first_imgThe six-month pilot program, authorized by the Hudson Valley Regional Emergency Medical Services Council, is designed for patients suffering from early signs of congestive heart failure and a condition known as pulmonary edema, caused by an accumulation of fluid in the lungs. “The given amount of oxygen flow creates a turbulence in the flooded air sacs,” said Horton. “The turbulence creates a virtual valve. After 15 or 20 minutes (with the CPAP) you’ll actually start moving that fluid back into the capillary bed.” Newburgh A Hudson Valley paramedic service has been authorized to test out a new treatment devise that could save heart patients’ lives, stunt hospital stays and slash medical bills. The lower left ventricle of his heart had gone sluggish, causing a backup of blood and fluid to leak into the air sacs in his lungs. “This is exactly the kind of patient we put this in place for,” said Horton. He predicts hundreds of CPAP cases during the pilot project. At the end of the six-month test run, the Hudson Valley Regional Emergency Medical Services Council will evaluate Mobile Life’s work and decide if ambulance services throughout the region can use the CPAP. The equipment for the study was purchased by Mobile Life, which is not receiving funding from any CPAP manufacturers. “The air sacs filled just like a water bottle,” said Mobile Life Vice President Ed Horton. “The patient was literally breathing through water.” The next step, in this scenario, is typically intubation inserting a tube down the patient’s throat so he can be hooked up to a ventilator. It’s an invasive and potentially dangerous maneuver, and once a patient is on a ventilator, it can take several days in the hospital to get him safely off the machines. Paramedics in Albany, Long Island and Westchester County, along with about half the country, already use the CPAP system. “Understand this is not going to substitute in every case,” said Horton, but as an additional tool, “this is a no-brainer.” Despite those efforts, the oxygen in the bloodstream of Mobile Life’s patient was at half the normal level. He was conscious, Horton said, but could only spit out a word or two at a time.center_img In this type of situation, medics roll through a series of treatments. First, they supply oxygen to the patient, then administer a combination of drugs to decrease the heart’s workload. Use of the CPAP often eliminates the need for intubation and accompanying prolonged hospital stay. The CPAP design is simple and cheap: a mask, a strap to hold it over the patient’s nose and mouth and tubes connecting to a small air tank. Each one-time-use set costs about $60. It works by continuously blowing oxygen or room air, under low pressure, into a patient’s airway. As the patient inhales and exhales, the CPAP’s constant air current keeps the lungs partially inflated and helps clear out unwanted fluid and pressure. As the Mobile Life medics loaded their patient into the ambulance, en route to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, they tried the CPAP for the first time, coaching the man to inhale and exhale as the specially designed nasal mask pushed a steady stream of air into his chest. As of July 1, Mobile Life Support Services is carrying a new system called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP (pronounced “see-pap”) on board every ambulance in Orange. Ulster, Dutchess and Rockland counties. It worked like a charm on Mobile Life’s guy. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Horton said, the man was speaking in full sentences, his blood oxygen at normal levels. Mobile Life used it for the first time Monday morning to help a 64-year-old Newburgh man suffering shortness of breath. When paramedics arrived, he was collapsed in the hallway of his apartment, gasping for air.last_img read more

Second fire in almost three months hits College

first_imgFor the second time in less than three months, Moreau Hall on Saint Mary’s campus caught fire Sunday night. Saint Mary’s Security and Notre Dame Fire Department were alerted of a fire in the O’Laughlin Auditorium on Sunday night at 10:59 p.m., according to a press release from director of media relations Gwen O’Brien. “Security officers were the first to respond to the alarm and found the curtains at stage left on fire,” the press release stated. “The sprinkling system above the curtains was working and a security officer used a fire extinguisher to further contain the fire.” When the Notre Dame Fire Department arrived at the scene, they found the curtains were still on fire, according to the release. “Clay Fire Territory and the South Bend Fire Department also responded to the call,” the release stated. “No one was in the auditorium when security and the fire crews arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation.” The College notified students of the fire around 7 a.m. Monday via text, email and phone call with an automated voice recording. The messages also let students know that classes in Moreau were cancelled for the day. Senior Mariah Niedbalski learned of the fire through social media before she had heard from the College. “Around midnight I saw a friends Facebook status saying ‘I survived the great Moreau fire, again?’” Niedbalski said. “Our school didn’t send out an ’emergency alert’ until 7:45 a.m. the next day. It’s just not safe that our security doesn’t alert us when something as major as a building being on fire happens.” Niedbalski called Saint Mary’s Security around 2 a.m. to see if classes would still be held in Moreau on Monday. “They told me that they did not know how bad the fire was but said we probably wouldn’t be allowed in the building today,” Niedbalski said. “Which is odd seeing that they are security and should know these things right away.” Once Niedbalski knew her classes would be cancelled for the day, she said she knew the damage was minor. “All my classes are in Moreau on Mondays but my professors didn’t seem too worried since the fire started in O’Laughlin and not any of the classrooms,” Niedbalski said. A building that houses multiple majors, Moreau is a central location for many students and professors on campus. Colleen Fitzpatrick, a communication studies professor whose office is located in the basement of Moreau Hall, said she fortunately did not need to enter the building Monday morning. “I was surprised that it has happened twice in only a year,” Fitzpatrick said. “I was notified around 7 a.m. just like the students. The emergency system is up and running, which is always a good sign. I’m hopeful that everything is okay since I have not been in the building yet.” Senior Emily Caltrider, who lives in the Opus Apartments on campus, was still awake when she and her roommates heard sirens coming towards the College. “We figured there was an accident on 933, but then we saw that the fire trucks were on campus and heading towards Holy Cross,” Caltrider said. “We initially thought it was Holy Cross on fire. We were curious as to what was happening, and since we had all lived in Holy Cross the past three years we hopped into the car to see if we could get on the Avenue to check it out.” Caltrider and her roommates were able to make it to the Avenue where they saw several lights. Once closer to the buildings, Caltrider said she realized it was Moreau that had caught on fire. “Fire trucks surrounded the building and the doors in the back were opened with smoke spilling out,” she said. “The fire in Moreau is an unfortunate event for the Saint Mary’s community. It is sad that this is the second fire in that building this year, and that more precautions in preventing such an incident from happening weren’t taken the first time that this happened.” Caltrider, like many other students, faculty and staff as well as the rest of the community, said she is curious to find out what actually caused the fire and what certain precautions could have been taken to avoid this incident from occurring. “I feel for all the [Saint Mary’s] students that have made memories over the years performing on that stage,” Caltrider said. “We hope that Tostal will still be able to take place this spring.”last_img read more

Universities/Higher Education

first_imgOnslow County has plenty of opportunities for continuing education. Education centers at MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River offer adult and continuing education opportunities for personal growth and career development. These centers provide basic academic advising, financial aid information, military and civilian testing programs, information about on-base colleges and universities, and more. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.On-base Education CentersJohn A. Lejeune Education CenterBuilding 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune 910-451-3091MCAS New River Education CenterBuilding AS-212, Bancroft St.MCAS New River Military UniversityNorth Carolina military ed manager 757-335-2779www.amu.apus.eduBoston University Metropolitan CollegeBuilding 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune 910-451-5574Building 4335, C St.MCAS Cherry Point UniversityBuilding 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune 910-893-7059 Carolina Community College444 Western Blvd.Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-455-1221Building 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune 910-451-2391Building AS-212, Bancroft St.MCAS New River 910-449-6926www.coastalcarolina.eduEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityBuilding 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune 910-451-0174 College1291 Hargett St.Jacksonville, NC 28540 Illinois University CarbondaleBuilding AS-212, Bancroft St.MCAS New River 910-451-5575http://siu.eduUniversity of Mount Olive2543 Onslow DriveJacksonville, NC 28540 910-455-1677 of North Carolina Wilmington at Onslow444 Western Blvd.Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-938-6737Building 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune 910-451-5266Building AS-212, Bancroft St.MCAS New River of Phoenix886-766-0766www.phoenix.eduBuilding 825, Stone St.MCB Camp Lejeune read more

Cow bells ring out as Triathlon England – National Champs hit…

first_img Related The Big Cow Cowman Triathlon, the third of seven events that make up the new look 2013 Triathlon England – National Championships, will be taking place this Sunday (14 July) at Emberton Country Park, Buckinghamshire, England.The Middle Distance race will kick off with a 1.9K swim, followed by a 9.2K bike around the spectacular scenery of the park and finish with a 21K run taking place around the lake.In 2012, over 700 triathlons, duathlons and aquathlons took place in England, with over 125,000 people competing in races and many of them for the first time. The Triathlon England – National Championships capture competitors from both first time novice entrants to seasoned athletes looking for national titles.Jem Lawson, Chair of Triathlon England, said “It’s great news to see how interest in the sport is continuing to grow and we are excited to say that our 2013 Triathlon England – National Triathlon Championships is already proving very popular.“With previous events selling-out, it shows the Triathlon England – National Championships are growing, and we hope that this in turn will encourage many more to get involved. Our memberships have been increasing steadily and we hope the value we offer will inspire more to get involved.”Nigel Woods, of race organiser Big Cow Events, commented “We’re really excited to be organising another Triathlon England – National Championships event at Emberton Park after the success of last year. It’s a very picturesque location, which makes it all the more enjoyable for the participants and we’re sure it will be another great turnout from both triathletes and spectators.”There are still four other events in the Championships series available to enter for all abilities, whether athletes choose to take part in a duathlon, aquathlon or race with their club in the Club Relays, there’s still time to achieve personal triathlon challenges in 2013.The next Triathlon England – National Championships are:The Blithfield Sprint Distance Championships on 4 August 2013The BRAT Aquathlon Championships on 10 August 2013The Nottingham Club Relays Championships on 24-25 August 2013The Essex Off Road Duathlon Championships on 27 October 2013Triathlon England is the National Governing Body for managing the sport and recreation of triathlon in England, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Members are affiliated to a region and can vote for their regional committee. There are nine regions, which correspond to the English regional government areas.Each region has a representative on the Council of Triathlon England, which appoints and supervises the controlling Management Board of Triathlon England.Triathlon England supports the delivery of opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges in a fun and safe environment.www.triathlonengland.orglast_img read more

New approach to resolutions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Set realistic goals to make significant progress this yearby Laurie J. Maddalena, MBA, CPCC, PHRHappy New Year!Only 8 percent of people achieve their new year resolutions. Is it even worth setting goals? I believe the answer is yes. There is a way to set realistic goals and make significant progress in the new year.Like many people, I take time to reflect and make commitments for the fresh new year. I believe in setting goals and improving and, over the years, I have enhanced and changed my process for creating “resolutions.” I’ve figured out what works for achieving my goals and, most importantly, what doesn’t. I don’t believe there is one formula for making changes; each person is different and will respond differently. So, find what works best for you and stick to that!Here are the lessons I have learned for achieving new year goals:Lesson 1: Less is MoreI used to make a laundry list of goals for the new year: Learn Italian, improve piano playing skills, exercise more, etc. You get the picture. What I found is that when I set too many “stretch goals,” I become overwhelmed and just give up. I end up feeling worse about myself because I failed to achieve the goals I set.A few years ago, I started taking time to imagine my ideal life. What would the ideal look like in health, relationships and business? I keep my goals realistic. I really take time to think through what resources and time I have and I focus on making progress instead of achieving a list. I would rather make significant progress on three goals than very little progress on 10 goals. I have learned how much I am capable of taking on and create my goals accordingly. This creates freedom. Rather than being chained to a list, I work on making incremental progress.Lesson 2: Measure Each DayI find small steps lead to bigger progress for me. I switched from setting weekly goals to setting daily goals. I take the ideal life I envisioned and think about ways I can close the gap. I focus on making an impact in this day. Focusing on today takes the sense of overwhelming and judgment away and gives me permission to make choices that feel good now. Inevitably, I end up succeeding with more of my goals when I focus on today. At the end of the year, if I can look back and see progress from the year before, to me that is success. The compound effect is very powerful. continue reading »last_img read more

Thinking won’t help you resist temptation

first_imgYahoo: Temptation comes in many guises — for a dieter, it’s a sweet treat; for an alcoholic, a drink; for a married man, an attractive woman.How to defeat the impulse to gratify desire and stick to your long-term goals of slimness, sobriety, or fidelity? Don’t stop and think. Thinking may not help.That is the surprising conclusion of a new study conducted by Loran Nordgren and Eileen Chou at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the journal Psychological Science reported.Nordgren and Chou wanted to make sense of two contradictory bodies of literature.‘One shows that the presence of temptation contorts cognition (thinking) in ways that promotes impulsive behaviour,’ says Nordgren, according to a statement from the school.‘Another shows that temptation engages protective (thought) processes that promote self-control. You show a dieter a piece of cake, and an early thought is ‘I’m dieting’—and ‘no thanks’,’ he adds.Both stories leave out a crucial factor, he states.Read the whole story: Yahoo More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Timken, SAE International Present Innovation Award to Dr. Peter J. Tenberge

first_imgDETROIT – The Timken Co. has awarded Dr. Peter J. Tenberge the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award. Tenberge is chair of machine elements at Chemnitz University of Technology, where he arranges curriculum and seminars for students, and conducts research focused on vehicle transmissions.   The SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award recognizes automotive industry engineers for outstanding contributions to technological progress and dissemination in the areas of transmissions and drivelines.   “We honor Dr. Tenberge for outstanding contributions to the development of power train systems and technologies to support the automotive industry,” said John Law, vice president of sales for light vehicle systems at Timken. “Throughout his 30‑year career, Dr. Tenberge has conducted groundbreaking work on all types of transmissions. From his current work on dual clutch and hybrid transmissions to the software he developed for CVT analysis, Dr. Tenberge has distinguished himself as an industry innovator. ”   An inventor listed on more than 140 patents, Tenberge also is the published author of 80 technical papers. Recently, two of his transmission designs have moved into mass production. Dr. Tenberge received the SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award recently during the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit. The award, established in 2007, honors Howard Simpson, an extremely talented and innovative engineer who invented and developed the revolutionary planetary gear set. Simpson’s work also served as the basis for the Ford C4 and C5 transmissions, which were produced for more than 20 years, plus several other Chrysler and General Motors transmission models.   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

FTSE 100 battered after New York rout

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