Saliva Cardiac Nano-Bio-Chip
This year, San Antonio EMT crews began using a spit test that detects cardiac arrest faster, more accurately and more cheaply than other diagnostic tests. Engineered by researchers at the University of Texas, the chip can measure proteins in saliva that signal heart attacks long before the ambulance pulls into the ER. tastechip.com
As a Firefighter/EMT-I in Texas, I think this technology is great. It will allow non paramedic EMTs (who do not have the capability to read ekgs) to more accurately detect heart attacks before the patient goes unconcious.
Every second counts, in terms of what we can/should do.