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Workplace heart/health monitoring...

07/20/2008 12:23 AM

recently (March 2008) a very good friend of mine passed away while at his desk on the job and was discovered when it was time to go home for the day. nobody had noticed he had a heart attack...

my question is; Does anyone know of a device that could be attached to a workers PC thru USB that would trigger a signal to the network to advise someone of such events?

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Re: Workplace heart/health monitoring...

07/20/2008 9:41 AM

Sorry to hear that,

they have monitors that strap on to your wrist or chest to monitor when your working out.

which is only a step away to hook up to a network.

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07/21/2008 7:44 AM

Sorry to hear about death of your colleague. Working in cubicles and independently, not talking to friends in adjoining cubicles, only concentrating on P.C screen results in this type of situations. One should get up after an hour say hello to friends and just move around and see what is happening in office, it can avoid such situations. Well you can write a programme which will alert others if any P.C which is switched on but has suddenly become quiet.

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07/21/2008 12:39 PM

Sorry to hear of the loss. I've not heard of such a device, although I think a wireless connection might be better. Did he have a pacemaker? I do, recently acquired, and it has both an automatic defibrillator and a telemetry system so it can be monitored via telephone signals through a wireless interface. This isn't an automatic feature, but it probably could be used as an alarm with minor programming input. Certainly something to investigate...

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07/21/2008 12:54 PM

This young man was 38, had been in great health and had just returned from Afghanistan. He had a shrapnel in left calf and is "believed" he suffered a clot to his brain or heart; it's not sure. The EMT and EH&S persons said he had been dead since breakfast when everyone was out to break. His saliva was seen on the desk, keyboard, center of the chair and all over his shirt and hands. Indications that he was suffering but did nothing himself due to his confusion. He did not know he was going thru a heart attack.

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07/21/2008 1:46 PM

Blood clod to the lungs, it is very hard to catch in time. As far as to the brain, there are unsets to this, but the quicker the treatment the less damage.

I am know the feeling that one should have done something more and feel you did'nt, but you are.

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07/21/2008 1:50 PM

Yes, absolute confusion is symptomatic. Under the conditions you describe, little could have been done unless someone had actually been there at the time, so no recriminations upon yourself, please. Was he military?

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07/22/2008 2:35 AM

Thanks for the comments. He had mentioned he was working as a weld inspection and reliability engineer for United Dominion or Fluor Daniel with civil military engineers; I'm not sure?

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07/22/2008 7:01 AM

Both are contractors to the military in the region, and civilians are not immune to IEDs, so he was not necessarily military. I was only wondering if he was a Reservist, National Guard, or Regular, possibly retired/medically discharged. Simple curiosity on the part of a veteran. Please reassure co-workers it's nearly impossible for them to have done anything.

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