Wednesday 14th December 2016 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.
A man who suffered a cardiac arrest in a car in Kings Heath last night had the best chance of survival thanks to quick thinking and early CPR.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was initially called to an RTC at the junction of Alcester Road South and Stot Fold Road in Kings Heath shortly after 9.45pm yesterday (Tuesday). During the 999 call, an ambulance en route to hospital came across the incident and stopped to help. A second ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a responder paramedic were also sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “It appeared to the ambulance crew that the car had stopped rather than it colliding with anything. The driver of the car, a man, was unresponsive to the ambulance crew so they smashed the driver’s window to gain access to the car.
“The man was unconscious and during assessment his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.
“The team of ambulance staff quickly commenced CPR at the roadside before the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; advanced life support continued en route to hospital.”