Over the last few days Brenda and I have had an experience that has lead to an idea for Dartmouth
While visiting my daughter, Caroline, in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk we agreed to meet for a coffee in town when we arrived. Caroline arrived a little late and slightly flustered but explained what had happened to delay her. While walking to the coffee shop with her two young children in a pushchair she noticed a crowd standing around an 80 year old man who had collapsed in the street.
When she looked at the man she could tell instantly that he had had a cardiac arrest (she is a Cardiac Physiologist in the local hospital so was acutely aware of the symptons). She immediately started to do CPR. Within a short time the ambulance had arrived, and a little later emergency response vehicle, so the paramedics took over from Caroline. The Air Ambulance was called and the patient was taken to hospital. She asked to be kept informed of his progress and the paramedics called her later to say he was in hospital with his family and was recovering well. In these circumstances seconds count so I believe Dartmouth should invest to save lives.
To hear it in her own words I will include her account of the incident below.
Yesterday I had my first experience of doing CPR on a member of the public. I’ve since realised in a crowd of people I was the only one that was able to quickly recognise he was having a cardiac arrest and seconds really count in this situation. There were also only two other people in that crowd that knew how to do chest compressions. I know many incredible people that do this as part of their day job and it’s such an important skill to have so if you don’t already know please learn as you can really save a life and maybe even that of a loved one. Know where your nearest automated defib is too (the Arc have one in BSE) #cprsaveslives #bhf #restartaheart @the_bhf