Four Things for Friday

Friday, May 5th 2023

Four Things for Friday
Wooden posts from a local park. 30 years ago, any kid who helped out got their name on a plank. Now they're redoing the park, so I was able to collect my sister and my plank. 

Another week has come and went, hopefully it was a bit less stressful for you all, as it was for me. The illness my daughter had meant the 19th month old had trouble staying asleep at night, and if she didn't sleep, then Mom and Dad weren't well rested either! Here's looking forward to better days ahead, and a look back at four things I found interesting this past week.

Loneliness is a Public Health Crisis

This past week, I published a Monday feature on motivation and used the self-determination theory of motivation as a potential explanation for why some people pull over for ambulances while others don't. This coming Monday I'll keep on that theme, looking specifically at relatability and sudden cardiac arrest. I in no way coordinated these features with the Surgeon General of the US, who this past week declared loneliness as a public health crisis that was killing people. Our disconnectedness has consequences and is costly, but I'll go a bit further next week that it also may hamper our drive to increase public bystander CPR rates. Plenty has been written about it this past week, but I liked NPRs practical "6 steps to fix it" type approach best. Check their article here.

"Ethical" AI

I try to stay away from prognostications on future technologies, but I am a bit concerned at how some view AI. My greatest fear is that it'll transform into a tool to replace people in general, such as with emergency dispatches or any number of customer facing fields. The White House, this week, started to address some of these concerns as well. You can read about it here. If we're not careful, we could wind up even further disconnecting ourselves from one another in pursuit of a quick buck.

Do Overdoses Look Different Now?

I worry I overshare Atlantic articles, but I find a lot of relevance to what they have been exploring and my own curiosity here. What I took away from this article, however, is how there does seem to be a bit of a shift in the public's understanding of who overdoses, and many now understand it can happen to anyone. This type of similar shift would be helpful in the context of sudden cardiac arrest, which (going solely off training videos) is all too often portrayed as a late middle-aged white man's problem. Find their article here.

Comparing Learning Outcomes for CPR/AED Delivery

I was intrigued by this article that examined delivery of CPR/AED education through face-to-face, online, and mixed methods and found it all to be roughly equivalent regarding knowledge, skills, and confidence. Remember, for self-determination theory, competence is a key player in motivation, so knowing that there are a wide range of ways to deliver the same level of confidence to learners is good. As you'll read about Monday, however, it's not just the "how" & "what," but the "why" that I believe needs to be emphasized in order to save more lives. Find the paper here.

Stay safe and have a great weekend!