Search by Topic

Join our mailing list!


Thanks! You've been successfully signed up for the BTU newsletter!

November 30, 2010

UK medics hailed heroes for keeping patient alive

South Wales Echo

CARDIFF, Wales — Paramedics who kept a 27-year-old heart patient alive while equipment repeatedly failed on a 145-mile emergency dash have been hailed heroes.

Paul Burrows, Jonathan Aberg and Martyn Letton, from Cardiff's Blackweir Ambulance Station, received a Welsh Ambulance Service team award for their work.

The trio took the critically-ill patient from the University Hospital of Wales' intensive care unit in Cardiff to Harefield Hospital, in Middlesex, for an urgent assessment. The man was being kept alive with a heart pump but the battery failed as he was loaded into the ambulance.

It was decided to take two balloon pumps on the journey, one of which would follow in a rapid response vehicle.

While en route with a police escort, the first pump failed and they had to change over in a lay by in Swindon.

When the patient's blood pressure plummeted and they were unable to find a suitable A&E unit nearby, they continued on to Harefield - only to find their route closed.

They eventually made it to the Middlesex Hospital.

The patient was alive but he had to be resuscitated twice in intensive care.

Paul said: "It was an incredibly stressful journey for the patient and for ourselves."

Copyright 2010 Western Mail and Echo Ltd

Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy

All Rights Reserved