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Medical Emergencies

Hong Kong government puts 300 life-saving heart devices in public spaces

Heart-reviving devices known as AEDs will be installed in 250 public venues by next month. Photo: Nora Tam

People who aren't in a hospital when they are stricken by sudden cardiac arrest face grim odds - with the survival rate estimated at a mere 1 to 3 per cent, according to the Hong Kong College of Cardiology.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 10:04am 1 comment

Reality check for drama

The patient lies immobile, and the droning beep from the heart monitor and the flat line across its screen suggest there's only one possible course of action left. The defibrillator paddles are fired up, someone shouts 'Clear!' and the patient is given a jolt of juice.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Delay in getting blood to patient

Baptist Hospital's blood bank took more than twice as long as the prescribed time to supply blood to a mainland woman who died at the hospital last year, four days after giving birth, a coroner's inquest heard yesterday.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ouch, that hurts! Better tend to that

It's Friday night, and you're at home preparing a meal for that special someone. The recipe tells you to put the pasta in a pan, add a pinch of salt and stir frequently while adding water. You've already made a nice thick sauce, and your salad is looking like something straight out of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's kitchen.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Save the day if someone chokes

You're at a restaurant with your best friend. He orders a shrimp salad; you choose spaghetti bolognese. The meal is great with conversation in full flow.

Suddenly, in mid-sentence, your friend begins coughing uncontrollably. He's slouched over, pounding at his chest. His face is bright red. Something is wrong.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Keep your finger on the pulse

Every second counts when someone stops breathing. 'For every minute that you do not perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a cardiac arrest victim, the survival rate drops by up to 10 per cent. After 10 minutes, the victim will have almost no chance of survival,' says Abdul Rasheed Doad, training director at the Singapore First Aid Training Centre.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Run triggered officer's heart attack: doctor

The heart attack that killed a police sergeant was triggered by running, not gunshot injuries suffered a few weeks earlier, a cardiologist told the Coroner's Court yesterday.

Raymond Chan Hon-wah, a consultant at Queen Mary Hospital, said 44-year-old Wong Siu-pang - who died after collapsing on a jogging track last October - had suffered from narrowed arteries for a decade.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Minor surgery turned deadly, inquest hears

A woman who underwent an operation to remove her thyroid at Princess Margaret Hospital died six days later from internal bleeding caused by a 'relaxed' ligation to an artery, an inquest heard yesterday.

The severe blood loss following surgery on November 25, 2005, caused brain damage leading to the death of Sue Chong Sau-yu, 38, on December 1.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Kiss of life on heart attack victims 'does more harm than good'

Forget mouth-to-mouth when giving first aid to a heart attack victim - it does more harm than good, a landmark study has found.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Warning after large upsurge in meningitis

Disease on the rise, but officials won't say where the latest outbreaks occurred

A national warning about a massive outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis was issued by the Ministry of Health yesterday, with patient numbers and fatalities from the disease rising in some provinces in recent years.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Patient moaned in surgery, court told

A plastic surgeon did not stop an operation to remove fat from the abdomen of his elderly patient even though she had started moaning, a coroner was told yesterday.

22 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Philips Heartstart

What is it? Not the first thing you might think of throwing into your luggage, the Heartstart is a defibrillator. It is simple enough for virtually anyone to use, making holidays possible for those at risk of cardiac arrest, and is available without the need of a doctor's prescription.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Last words

An 80-year-old Australian doctor shows his 'Do not resuscitate' tattoo on his chest as a message to would-be lifesavers.

Emergency medicine specialist Albert Cutter fears ending up paralysed or brain-dead.

19 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Deadly outbreak

How should Hong Kong protect itself against a serious outbreak of bacterial meningitis that has killed 16 people on the mainland in the past six weeks? One case has been reported in Guangdong. Share your views: write to us

2 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

A mobile phone is being developed to alert users of foul breath.

A lot of people often mix up breath and breathe. In fact, the difference is very simple: 'breathe' is the verb and 'breath' is the noun. Just remember that 'breathe' is a regular verb. Regular verbs are verbs which you add a 'd' or 'ed' to form their past tense.

6 Oct 2004 - 12:00am