First aid: To be a primary responder with DR ABC

We all hear about primary responders in the news.   When help is needed, the first responders are those who help first.  They may be police officers, firefighters, in some cases soldiers, medical specialists, or even ordinary civilians who have some know how.

When you see someone who might be in need of first aid, one form of primary response is DR ABC. (There’s also the ABCDE response, intended for those with more knowledge.) Continue reading “First aid: To be a primary responder with DR ABC”

How healthy are you?

Here’s a quick test.

Time yourself doing 100 chin-ups.  Now, run three miles, preferably up a steep hill like Baintha Brakk.  After that, see how far you can swim against the current in half an hour (but don’t dive down straight from the hill, that would be dangerous.  Hopefully there’s a pool on top of the hill.)

Okay, when you’re breathing deeply from all that exercise, take your pulse. Continue reading “How healthy are you?”

Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?

The Cambrian News reported that in a care home two hours north of Aberystwyth, a nurse was using Google Translate to communicate with patients.

Yes, the adverts that we of the man using Google translate to book a hotel are cute, but is the device being mis-sold as a substitute for learning a language?  Would you trust an automated computer with your health?  Or even a hotel booking? Continue reading “Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?”