Time all that counts for ambulance crews

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WHAT saves lives when a person has stopped breathing is immediate CPR resuscitation and prompt defibrillation.

This can be delivered by a first-aider or a paramedic.

The NHS guidelines recommend a defibrillator is used on a non-breathing casualty within three to four minutes.

This gives a 60 per cent to 70 per cent chance of helping the casualty’s heart rhythms.

Every minute in delay of a defibrillator being used drops the person’s chances of survival by ten per cent (after eight minutes the chance of survival is only 20 per cent).

Time matters... Whatever SECA service do the public must be aware that a delay in ambulance response times will cost lives.

I teach basic life support and use of AEDs (automated external defibrillator) as a commercial job.

If ambulances are to be coming from further distances to emergency calls then there should be more well-trained First Responders and AEDs available for public use in rural areas provided by the NHS.

Prompt resuscitation and using an AED is very easy to learn and makes all the difference.

Infection control is important but saving lives is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT.

Maria Harding

Tufts Meadow, Midhurst