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Sixty seconds on . . . agonal breathing

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 21 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4362
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Sounds painful. What is it?

It’s the gasping sound often made when someone is struggling to breathe, and it’s been harnessed by researchers at the University of Washington. They’ve developed a new tool that listens to people’s breathing while they sleep and picks up these breaths—which are present in about half of people who experience cardiac arrests according to 911 data. The tool will then call for help.1

Alexa, listen to me sleep . . .

That’s the idea. The researchers designed …

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