Good morning and Happy Friday! First, a little publishing note, you're going to start to see things scheduled for 9am Eastern instead of 8am- just gives me a chance to troubleshoot any technical difficulties a little smoother.
A lot of us know this story, but it's nice to have a reference to send to others. The famous tale of a body pulled out of the Seine, the work of Safar, Laerdal, Elam, and others. It's a good little recap and a nice resource to send to someone who may want to know about the giants upon whose shoulders many of us are able to stand upon.
File this under "seemingly innocent until you read the article." While many of us acknowledge that AEDs are grossly under-downloaded and under-utilized, this article isn't looking at AED data so much in the healthcare space as in the legal world. The post comes from a law office specializing in traumatic cases, but it's the concept that AEDs can help in lawsuits that makes me a little squirmish. If you're regularly downloading AEDs, make sure they're conforming to record retention laws, since this may be a more common subpoenaed item.
This is interesting emerging research. While we all know that 1) The pandemic impacted relations and contributed to loneliness, and 2) That we're all dealing with loneliness due to social media and less connected neighborhoods, this paper found that some people are disproportionately more affected than others. It's created, what the author terms, a "loneliness gap" among people that often also suffer for inequality in CPR response, like the disabled and those with lower social capital.
Finally, an article showing what we already knew- EMS struggles for recognition as an essential service in some places. While fire and police enjoy certain funding streams and protections, EMS seems to struggle to get the same treatment. I'd have hoped the pandemic would have shown how important this discipline is, but even with a shrinking amount of services, fewer providers than ever, and a mountain of challenges facing the public health and safety of Americans, this still seems to be a controversial topic.