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Well, that’s one way a firefighter can get a potential suicide victim to come down off the roof.

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Masimo demonstrated it’s new iSpO2 Pulse Oximeter at CES, the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’ may be your standard pulse oximeter, but it comes with a twist: a 30-pin dock connector and measurement app for use with any non-Lightning iOS devices.

Stig Åvall Severinsen, creator of Breatheology and world-record champion of the longest underwater breath hold (22 minutes!) lent a hand (or a finger) to Mike Drummond from Masimo to demonstrate the new device. By holding his breath, Stig can pretty much manually drop his heart rate. The data can be seen prominently on the iPad next to them.

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HLN TV‘s What Would You Do series presents the following scenario: A passerby suddenly collapses in front of EMTs, but the emergency personnel do nothing to help. What should happen now? HLN had 2 actors pose as the off-duty EMTs, while a stunt professional acted out the stricken patient. The result is definitely encouraging.

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The Navy recently uploaded this video depicting the effects of Bath Salts, which are non-regulated designer drug comprised of a synthetic cathinone, or amphetamine. The ill effects include a range of physical & psychological conditions. Examples of these conditions are agitation, muscle spasms, kidney failure, lack of appetite, severe paranoid delusions and psychosis. Consequences, besides a possibly ruined life, have been known to include long-term hospitalization & even suicide. The video first depicts the patient’s perspective , then follows him from a third-person vantage point accompanied by commentary from a Navy officer. Please be aware that the depictions are graphic.

For more information from Navy Medicine on synthetic drugs visit http://go.usa.gov/gwhW

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Do these depictions of EMTs and Paramedics seem accurate? Let us know in the comments.

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