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(NPR)   Turns out we can microwave victims...I mean, patients, to find out if they're suffering from a strophttttttthhh   (npr.org) divider line 17
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2014-06-17 08:40:28 AM
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"Yes, have some."
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-06-17 09:00:22 AM
And while some specialized ambulances are outfitted with CT scanners, they are expensive, and sparsely populated or poor regions may never have access to these technologies. The Strokefinder is small and portable enough to be deployed in emergency vehicles everywhere.

Whenever I read about a miracle drug or gadget for emergency care I think, what are the odds that I will be properly diagnosed in time for treatment? That means I or somebody recognizes there is a problem, is able to summon an ambulance, the ambulance arrives within the time window, the medics recognize my condition as one they're trained to deal with, and they can hook me up with the right equipment or hospital before my last brain cell dies.

How many people now have untreated strokes, or strokes not treated promptly, because one link in that chain is broken? (Like maybe I don't recognize that an itchy toenail is the first sign of a stroke; it doesn't have to be the medical system's fault.)

Maybe they'll just put the collander on everybody's head and charge a $500 stroke detection fee. That would at least solve the "ambulance crew doesn't diagnose properly" link.
 
2014-06-17 12:27:36 PM
A microwave helmet would have lots of potential as a torture device.

I'm feeling a bit squicked out just thinking about it.
 
2014-06-17 12:36:20 PM

ZAZ: And while some specialized ambulances are outfitted with CT scanners, they are expensive, and sparsely populated or poor regions may never have access to these technologies. The Strokefinder is small and portable enough to be deployed in emergency vehicles everywhere.

Whenever I read about a miracle drug or gadget for emergency care I think, what are the odds that I will be properly diagnosed in time for treatment? That means I or somebody recognizes there is a problem, is able to summon an ambulance, the ambulance arrives within the time window, the medics recognize my condition as one they're trained to deal with, and they can hook me up with the right equipment or hospital before my last brain cell dies.

How many people now have untreated strokes, or strokes not treated promptly, because one link in that chain is broken? (Like maybe I don't recognize that an itchy toenail is the first sign of a stroke; it doesn't have to be the medical system's fault.)

Maybe they'll just put the collander on everybody's head and charge a $500 stroke detection fee. That would at least solve the "ambulance crew doesn't diagnose properly" link.


It's not to diagnose a stroke, it's to diagnose the type of stroke. If you read the article, you would understand why that's important.
 
2014-06-17 12:40:33 PM
Finally, someone is getting around to making my suicide device.

Make it a human sized microwave suicide kiosk and start putting them on street corners, ala Futurama.
 
2014-06-17 12:47:27 PM
Umm, dipshiats, this isn't an 1100 watt magnetron, its a piece of specialized equipment.
 
2014-06-17 12:59:56 PM

omnibus_necanda_sunt: Umm, dipshiats, this isn't an 1100 watt magnetron, its a piece of specialized equipment.


Everybody knows that.

It doesn't mean we can't hope.
 
2014-06-17 01:11:40 PM
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2014-06-17 01:13:19 PM
Patients actual tolerate the microwaving part very well, it's repeatedly poking them with a fork beforehand that gets most of the complaints.
 
2014-06-17 02:41:52 PM
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2014-06-17 02:46:21 PM
What's red and bubbly and scratches at the window?


Baby in a microwave.

/fark hell, I don't fly.
 
2014-06-17 06:54:47 PM
Most strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow in the brain. For the best results try to be drunk at all times. This will reduce the chances of a blood clot in the brain.
 
2014-06-17 07:04:25 PM

dready zim: Most strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow in the brain. For the best results try to be drunk at all times. This will reduce the chances of a blood clot in the brain.


...and then there is this kind:
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2014-06-17 07:55:19 PM
Sounds like a potentially good tie in to a less invasive treatment for sleep apnea, except this sounds sort of like a drastic last certification step towards a confirmation, so response teams can be more properly rushed to the ready. Passive observation tends to always be the safest way to not compound a delicate and or volatile situation.
 
2014-06-17 08:00:45 PM

dready zim: Most strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow in the brain. For the best results try to be drunk at all times. This will reduce the chances of a blood clot in the brain.


Or it will dehydrate your organs so the day you wind down from whatever activities you have planned, you convince them they've been symptomatic of locked in syndrome or have given any potential cancer, compartment syndrome turning it into a benign cyst, making your next hydration cycle the start of the multi-coagulant ooze that irritates the blood-brain barrier, tensing the vascular smooth muscles all the way to the heartrate, packing it all into a worthy opponent of any metabolism.
 
2014-06-17 08:03:41 PM
what would probably be worse is to be a zombie with a dry-socketed gall stone or kidney geode. That's why they shamble, their inflammation is irritation, and only that...
 
2014-06-17 08:07:02 PM
But a significant fraction of strokes - around 1 in 5 - are caused by burst blood vessels. In these cases, clotbusting drugs cause catastrophic bleeding.

Sounds like we need to find a larger clotting factor, or a less dangerous way to bleed.
 
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