Staff at sports centre help revive man

Thursday 15th October 2015 – 5.20pm – John Hawker.

DEFIB RAnge

Staff at a sports centre in Shifnal have been praised by medics after their quick actions help revive a man who suffered a cardiac arrest whilst running on a treadmill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Idsall School and Sports Centre, Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal at around 12.45pm this lunchtime.

A rapid response paramedic, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford where dispatched to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find staff at the leisure suite carrying out excellent CPR on the man and using the defibrillator that is in place at the venue.

“Medics took over resuscitation attempts and carried out advanced life support.  Following several attempts to restart the man’s heart, he started to make respiratory effort.  Further treatment was carried out at the scene and by the time he was ready to be airlifted to hospital he was conscious and talking.

“The man was airlifted to New Cross Hospital for further specialist emergency treatment.

“It is very early days for the man and he is extremely poorly, but the staff’s quick actions have given him the best chance of survival.

“This case is testament that not being scared to carry out CPR and using a defibrillator is crucial in these situations.”

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