New resus guidelines for walking sticks required.
Dr Crippen’s favourite UK daily has an article today about walking sticks with sensors that can detect when they’re collapsed unconscious and then dial 999 and request an ambulance (has the Resus Council published guidelines on CPR for walking sticks yet?) – sorry, that should be when the owner has collapsed. It’ll be classified as an ‘A’ Category call of course: third party caller not with patient used to be the old CBD code.
If these [sensors] detect the stick is lying flat, a tiny microchip automatically plays a recorded message prompting the owner to pick it up. If the message is repeatedly ignored, the sensors send a signal to a computer which is programmed to call an ambulance.
The prototype stick has four legs and is similar to walking aids often used by the elderly. It has acceleration and tilt sensors that measure the speed and position of the stick…
An acceleration sensor -wow! Is that for how fast the owner is shuffling along or how rapidly they’re collapsing?
Our good friends at LAS are starting to get worried about their stats again.
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said it welcomed any new technology that helped the elderly get prompt treatment for falls. But he added: ‘Our worry would be that if patients don’t know how to use the technology, or it doesn’t work properly, we could end up with inappropriate calls.’
Maybe the scientist can apply this technology to beer bottles so we know when the scroats have fallen over on Saturday night!