You love the HTC One. And everyone loves free stuff. So which Gizmodo reader came away as this week's winner?
Underneath the HTC One’s bright, 4.7-inch, 1080×1920 (469ppi) Super IPS display hides a monstrous 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, 2GB RAM, a 4MP camera with Ultrapixel technology and up to 32GB storage juiced by a 2300mAh lithium-polymer battery. Learn more...
#HTCOne Comment Comp
This was another fun 24-hour quick fire competition. You used Gizmodo's special #HTCOne signature box to make helpful and genuinely insightful comments -- as always, we had heaps. Look out for another one of these comps in the comings weeks. We won’t give you any notice, though. You’ll just have to stay tuned to Giz. The winner this time around was:
@inquisitorsz That's a pretty good idea for training.
I think a lot of people are amazed at how hard you actually have to push down to properly compress the chest. A smaller, lighter person will need to put almost 60-70% of their body weight down on the patient.
@pepee63 raised a good point that breathing into the mouth is not required. As far as I know they don't even teach that any more. It's more important to do your DR A.B.C.
Danger - Call for help! Then check for danger in the area, eg toxic fumes, fire etc. Only move or attend the patient if safe to do so. If there is blood, wear gloves.
Response - Check to see if patient is concious and responding. If they are, talk to them and treat any injuries and ask for permission (more on that later). If the don't respond put them into the recovery position, which is on the side with one knee forward. Do not move them if a neck injury is suspected (more on that later too).
Airways - when patient is on their side, tilt head back and slightly down and free any objects that may be obstructing the airway. Obstructions can be things like vomit, fluids, foreign objects or the tongue. This is why you put the patient on their side, so they do not choke on their own tongue.
Breathing - With the airway cleared check to see if patient is breathing. If not, roll them on their back and commence CPR.
Circulation - Check to see if patient has a pulse. If not, commence CPR. As stated before, CPR is pretty easy. all you have to to is push down on the sternum (centre of the rib cage). You will need to push down pretty hard unless the patient is a child. A broken rib is better than cardiac arrest.
If patient does not have a pulse use a defibrillator if one is available and follow its instructions. Otherwise continue CPR until help arrives.
Now the bad stuff:
The sad part about CPR or really any first aid is that technically you become liable for your patient as soon as you go to help them. And is some cases it a matter of damned if you do and damned if you don't.
There have been countless examples where a first responder has saved a life but caused another injury such as a broken rib or neck problems from moving an unconscious person. Usually this isn't an issue but legally you're not covered by having good intentions. The patient can sue you for injuries sustained while saving their life. Sadly it happens all the time. That's why emergency services' staff are "professionals".
Another example is if you save someone's life by conducting CPR but they still get brain damage due to lack of oxygen, you are liable. Even though there may have been nothing you could have done differently, and had you not done anything they would have died, you're still screwed. Permanent disability is often viewed as worse then death in situations like this.
Personally this will never deter me from helping someone out but people need to be aware that the legal system with regards to first aid is very very messy. I still think everyone should do a CPR course, all this stuff will be explained there, and everyone should know how to use a defibrillator.
I want the #HTCOne for its: Design