First aid, strokes, sodium & microscopes

Monday 20th February 2012
Courtesy: KeepLoop and Lifesapps

While Glasgow Caledonian helps develop a first aid app for action in a medical emergency, this year work from VTT Research, Finland will give the smart phone a microscope, giving it up to one hundredth of a millimetre accuracy.

Experts at Glasgow Caledonian University  have helped to develop the world's first fully-integrated first aid system in an app to aid people take action during a medical emergency teamed up with Lifesapps, a Scottish company that develops mobile products to protect, save and enhance lives.

The first product iCEaid is an intuitive medical know-how app powered by Dorling Kingsley's best selling First Aid Manual, authorised by St John Ambulance, St Andrew's First Aid and the British Red Cross. iCEaid is designed to help in medical emergencies, such as home or car accidents or sudden illness.
Dr Andrew Mulford, Lifesapps CEO, believes the app could prove vital (logo) to survival in an emergency because users can navigate quickly to the appropriate section and give medical treatment immediately.

Dr Jon Sykes,(left)  Creative Technologies senior lecturer at GCU, said: "iCEaid really is a genius piece of kit. Users can ask it questions for a step-by-step first aid guide and link their friends' medical details is tailored advice as well as generating a handover report for medics.

As well as covering first aid basics, such as how to clear air ways, iCEaid can provide more advanced information and users can programme it with their friends' medical details in advance, meaning a more tailored medical approach should an emergency strike.

The app also has a GPS that will guide users to the nearest hospital and the automatically generated handover report can be used by paramedics or doctors.

The app was put through a series of trials in the university's state-of-the-art technology suites, including stress tests and a useability assessment . iCEaid will soon be available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with an Android version in development.

Stroke patients could be helped to hospital quicker with a new smartphone app, reports the  Press Association, as researchers are to release an application called Fast which identifies key symptoms of a stroke. It is hoped the app will help diagnosis, treatment and prevention in the future.

Funding for the app has been provided by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) whose research shows that stroke is the third-biggest killer in Scotland, behind heart disease and cancer. Fast asks users if the person can smile, can lift both arms and if their speech is slurred. If all these symptoms are present, the user is told to call 999

The app, available on iPhone and Android handsets, points to different symptoms and indicators, while providing instant access to nursing staff and hospitals on demand.

David Clark, CEO of CHSS, said: "Around 12,000 people will have a stroke each year in Scotland. We hope that our app will help people to recognise the symptoms of stroke and guide them through the process of calling for help.

" In a typical stroke, you lose two million brain cells a minute so it is vital that you're treated as quickly as possible."

The app is part of the Fast campaign by NHS Scotland and CHSS, aimed at treating and preventing strokes.


In 2011 The Canadian Stroke Network  launch it Sodium 101 for iPhone. Designed to help users stay within their daily recommended sodium intake, the Sodium 101 iPhone App is free for download on the iPhone App Store.

An increasing number of people are eating processed and “fast food” for convenience and cost, while unaware of its frequently high sodium content. This is leading to high rates of high blood pressure and other health issues.

To help people take control of how much sodium they consume, the Canadian Stroke Network has developed the Sodium101 iPhone app, based on their popular website to make it easier for consumers to make smarter, lower-sodium food choices.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which in November announced the optical  accessory thatturns an ordinary camera phone into a high-resolution microscope, accurate to one hundredth of a millimetre and of benefit to the printing industry, consumers, the security business, and even health care professionals, now say the device will be released early in 2012.

A new Finnish enterprise called KeepLoop Oy and VTT are already exploring the commercial potential of the invention. The device is based on images produced by the combined effect of an LED light and an optical lens.

Various surfaces and structures can be examined in microscopic detail and the phone's camera used to take sharp, high-resolution images that can be forwarded as MMS messages

An ordinary mobile phone turns into an instant microscope by attaching a thin, magnetic microscope module in front of the camera's normal lens. The device fits easily in the user's pocket, unlike conventional tubular microscopes.

The plastic macro lens of the mobile phone microscope magnifies objects effectively. The camera's field of view is 2 x 3mm. A number of LEDs have been sunk into the outer edge of the lens, allowing objects to be illuminated from different angles. Images illuminated from several different angles could be used to produce 3D topographic maps, for example, with mobile phone software.

The competitive edge of the product is based on next-generation lens technology, compact and user-friendly structure, and customisable extra features and is suited for examining surfaces and surroundings, for security, health care, and even games.

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