Navigation Links
Texting After Fainting a Good Sign
Date:2/12/2009

Study notes it means a teenaged victim has recovered from the blackout

THURSDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who fiendishly text their friends apparently are more than just obsessive, compulsive, annoying and just plain incomprehensible to older generations.

In certain situations -- after fainting or panicking, for instance -- texting can be a medical indication that the patient is recovering.

"The ability to text if nothing else is medically wrong may shows that the patient has recovered from the faint or panic attack," said Dr. Mike Sinclair, pit crew coordinator for Festival Medical Services, a British organization that supplies medical professionals to handle emergencies at music festivals. "Of course, if you break a leg, you are still able to text, but we use it as a sign in young people that have fainted or had a panic attack that they have recovered."

Sinclair is co-author of a paper on the topic, originally published in the December issue of BMJ and also reported in the February issue of Pediatrics.

Two years ago, Festival Medical Services started using the method after noticing that most of the individuals fainting or panicking were teenagers, and they started sending messages on their cell phones as soon as humanly possible after an episode.

When the resuscitation tent located at the side of the stages is especially busy (sometimes up to two patients each minute), this "monitoring" system can be especially useful.

At last August's Reading Festival, the medical team treated 142 patients in less than an hour during the performance by Bloc Party, and 130 patients in an hour-and-a-half while Rage Against the Machine performed, Sinclair noted.

The Reading Festival draws a crowd of about 100,000, and the Glastonbury Festival in June, which Festival Medical Services also covers, draws about twice that, including festival workers.

According to the authors, being able to text is indicative of good executive functioning in the brain and "a degree of common sense not always evident in teenagers."

"It take a lot of cognitive work and dexterity in order for a kid to be able to text," said Dr. Robert Greenberg, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and vice chairman of emergency medicine at Scott & White in Temple. "What it is representing to me is that you can do an assessment on patients without really complicated type stuff."

Sometimes just walking and talking can be an indication that a patient is recovering. "It takes a lot to do that," Greenberg said.

Fainting in young people can be caused by fear, standing still for too long, dehydration and more. Panic can stem from fear of being crushed or caught in a crowd, not an unreasonable fear given that eight fans were trampled to death in 2000, when Pearl Jam was performing at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and 53 people were crushed to death during the 1999 Troitsa Festival in Minsk, Belarus.

Texting as a sign of recovery does need to be investigated further, Sinclair said. And it might be noted that the crew does check to make sure nothing else is wrong with the patient (such as low blood sugar).

But do the texting messages kids send after fainting or panicking make sense? You be the judge:

"When we have asked the people what they are texting, there are usually three things: (1) I'm back stage [which they think is fantastic]; (2) I'm OK; and (3) Where can we meet up!," Sinclair said.

More information

For more on crowd safety, visit crowdsafe.com.



SOURCES: Mike Sinclair, M.B., cardiac anesthetist, pit crew coordinator, Festival Medical Services, Wells, Somerset, U.K.; Robert Greenberg, M.D., assistant professor, emergency medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and vice chairman, emergency medicine, Scott & White, Temple, Texas; December 2008 BMJ; February 2009 Pediatrics


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. PSE&G Childrens Specialized Hospital and New York Giants Team Up to Enable Donations to Hospital Through Texting
2. Texting Food Diaries Helps Kids Stick With Diets
3. In Recognition of WORLD AIDS DAY, Charlotte Bobcats Power Forward, Emeka Okafor, Launches Mobile Texting Campaign in Support of the One Million African Lives Initiative
4. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
5. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
6. Stopping Statins After Stroke Doubles Death Risk
7. Billy Graham Home After Hospitalization:
8. Swelling After Knee Injury May Hinder Healing
9. Going on After Loss
10. Discover The Mutter Museum After Dark
11. Cialis Eases Erectile Dysfunction After Spinal Cord Injury
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Texting After Fainting a Good Sign
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors ... customizable inside of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel ... style. Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... PLAINSBORO, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... same sources, yet in many ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, ... Oncology (EBO), a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are ... with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms ... can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the ... Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We ... new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article ... are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more ... these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen Matrix") ... manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical devices ... Bill Messer has joined the company ... leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, neurosurgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team as ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: