Ambulance crews in Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar second in country on cardiac arrest survival rates

PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 14:06 23 August 2012

Paramedics took the women to Lister

Paramedics took the women to Lister


AMBULANCE crews covering Welwyn Hatfield, Potters Bar and the rest of Hertfordshire have come second in the country in figures detailing cardiac arrest survival rates.

The East of England Ambulance Service was shown to have a survival rate of 24.7 per cent, just behind London, which had a rate of 31.7 per cent.

Dr Pamela Crispin, deputy chief executive and medical director, said: “We are delighted that the initiatives taken over the past few months have improved survival rates from cardiac arrest.

“These figures vary month by month but the trend over many months has been improvement, which means more people in the East of England are surviving after their heart has stopped.”

She added: “We have a large number of Community First Responders (CFRs) who provide immediate life-saving care often before arrival of the ambulance crew, we are encouraging development of Community Pubic Access Defibrillator schemes and providing public education about how to carry out CPR.”

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