I’m Looking Through You

 

Google Glass might prove useful for  consumers, but a set of futuristic spectacles have been invented for doctors and  nurses that let them see through patients’ skin.

The new glasses have been designed to allow  medical professionals to more easily locate veins for intravenous (IV)  treatments.

Two companies behind innovation and claim it  makes IV access fast, accurate and precise, which could result in better patient  care when the glasses are used in hospitals.

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X-ray glasses showing veins
The new glasses have been designed to  allow medical  professionals  to see beneath a person’s skin to they can  more  easily locate veins for IV treatment. An image of what a nurse wearing the  glasses might see is pictured. The glasses are designed so that  medical professional can pick the best vessels

 

The Eyes-On Glasses System that is used to  detect veins has been developed by Evena Medical, an imaging technology firm  based in Silicon Valley and Japanese electronics company Epson.

They said the glasses are ‘one of the first  healthcare applications of smart glasses commercially on a global scale’ as well  as the first point-of-care wearable system of hands-free real-time vascular  imaging.

The glasses are designed to be worn by nurses  at the bedside to quickly visualize a patient’s veins and to make intravenous  access, ‘fast accurate and precise’.

In a promotional video, Evena Medical said  its technology means nurses will no longer have to guess which vein is best and  the glasses will probably reduce the amount of failed attempts to access a blood  vessel, which can be unpleasant for patients.

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Anitbiotic Resistant Superbugs

Fears over wave of deadly superbugs invading U.S. hospitals that are resistant to antibiotics

Hospitals in the U.S. have been hit by a wave  of ‘nightmare bacteria’ that have become increasingly resistant to even the strongest antibiotics.

Public health officials have warned that in a  growing number of cases existing antibiotics do not work against the superbug, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae  (CRE).

Patients became infected with the bacteria in nearly 4% of U.S. hospitals and in almost 18% of specialist medical facilities in the first half of 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC).

Strains of more than 70 different viruses have petri dishes with colonies of the virulent E. coli bacteria (EHEC) on June 1, 2011 at the insitute's laboratory in Kiel, northern Germany.
Scientists have raised the alarm over the spread  of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including E-coli (stock picture)
Spread: Superbugs were present in just one US state in 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but are now found in 42 (stock picture)
 The superbugs were present in just one US state  in 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but  are now found in 42 (stock picture)

Dr Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a statement that the strongest antibiotics ‘don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections.’

Dr Frieden said doctors, hospitals and public  health officials must work together to stop the bacteria from spreading, the Sun Sentinel reports.

He said scientists were ‘raising the alarm’  over the problem following increasing concern.

Increasing numbers of patients in U.S. hospitals have become infected with CRE, which kills up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them, according to a new CDC  report.

Some of the more than 70 types of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria – including E-coli – have become gradually resistant over a long period of time, even to so-called, ‘last resort  drugs’ called carbapenem.

During the last ten years, the percentage of  Enterobacteriaceae that are resistant to these last-ditch antibiotics  rose by 400 %. One type of CRE has increased by a factor of seven over the last  decade, Fox News reports.

CRE infections usually affect patients being treated for serious conditions in hospitals, long-term acute-care facilities and nursing homes. Many of these people will use catheters or ventilators as  part of their treatment – which are thought to be used by bacteria to enter deep into the patient’s body.

Weakening: Many antibiotics are now unable to kill the resistant strains of bacteria (stock picture)
 Many antibiotics are now unable to kill the  resistant strains of bacteria (stock picture)

Only six states currently require that healthcare providers report cases of CRE. The CDC said the bugs spread from person to person, often on the hands of medical workers and that they are able to pass on their antibiotic resistance to other kinds of germs.

The bacteria were present in just one U.S. state in 2001, but have now spread to 42, Dr Frieden said at a news conference.

Seven people died, including a 16-year-old  boy, in one serious outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae in 2011 at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda,  Maryland, the Sun reports.

The CDC is trying to raise awareness of the  antibiotic resistant germs, urging health centres to control them effectively by  taking proper precautions such as washing hands and grouping patients with CRE  together.

Attribution: Sam Adams, Daily Mail

We Know Better

Picture yourself in a hospital. In a sealed room you see a loved one laying on a gurney with an I.V. in his arm. The room is completely impenetrable. There is no way in.

You are forced to witness the slow demise of this individual.

It turns out the I.V. is what’s killing him, although very slowly. You are told the I.V. is a good thing and that the drug they are administering will eventually save his life. You are confused.

There was nothing wrong with your loved one before the I.V. was forced upon him. He was perfectly healthy, yet the experts tell you that no, he is really quite ill and they are the only ones who can save him.

You know this to be false. You’ve seen the results of his physicals, his complete medical records. He was the picture of health, yet the people in charge will not look at the records or simply dismiss your claims of his health.

You must be in denial and fail to see just how sick he is. These are people of faith and they know what must be done. You must place your trust and the life of your loved one in their capable hands. They know better than you what is good for the dying man. They are the experts, not you.

As Rick Santorum so aptly stated; it is a theology. The religion of the left is environmentalism. Unlike other religions that fill one with hope & joy, this one brings only misery and will eventually ruin us all, as it is in this community in Colorado. Just like the man on the hospital gurney, it is a painful, slow death.

I think the people of Craig, Colorado know that death is around the corner and they are helpless to stop it. The utter frustration for these citizens is, that they know the madness could be reversed and their community revitalized if only the despotic rulers of the country and their state would step aside. and allow the I.V. of extremist enviromentalism to be removed.