‘Rapid extrication’ of driver following Warwickshire collision

‘RAPID EXTRICATION’ OF DRIVER FOLLOWING COLLISION

Wednesday 4th March 2015 – 7.30pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff had to ‘rapidly extricate’ the driver of one car which had been involved in a collision in Warwickshire this afternoon after medics found he had low blood pressure.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the Birmingham Road and B4115 in Stoneleigh shortly after 5.30pm earlier today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and an off duty senior paramedic officer from neighbouring East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a collision at a cross roads. Both vehicles had suffered damage in the collision. The driver of one car, a man in his 20s, was visibly shaken but upon assessment by ambulance staff he was found to be uninjured and did not require hospital treatment.

“The driver of the second car, a second man in his 20s, was knocked unconscious in the crash but regained consciousness whilst ambulance staff were assessing him. The man was pale in appearance and due to his blood pressure being low, ambulance staff worked quickly to rapidly extricate and immobilise him from the vehicle using a Kendrick Extrication Device (KED). Once out of the car, the man was transferred to the back of the ambulance for further assessment before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors: The KED wraps around a patient to immobilise the torso, head and neck, enabling prompt extrication while minimizing risks of further injury.

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