Thursday, 23 November 2017
Fire fighters roped in to help victims of cardiac arrest
From next year, fire trucks may be racing ahead of ambulances to help victims of cardiac arrest.
Given that they are usually the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency, fire fighters will be roped in to help save lives, and more than 300 have been certified as emergency medical technicians.
This means they have learnt high-performance cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on top of basic first aid. It is a method that uses a larger team working simultaneously to perform CPR faster and more effectively.
It is among several new measures to improve the emergency treatment of cardiac arrest victims, nearly four in five of whom now die.