Research Article

Simple training programme for ambulance personnel in the management of cardiac arrest in the community.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.291.6502.1099 (Published 19 October 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:1099
  1. J M Rowley,
  2. C Garner,
  3. M Handy,
  4. J R Hampton

    Abstract

    The extended training for ambulance personnel in Nottinghamshire includes a period of training in cardiac resuscitation by defibrillation, and defibrillators are now part of the standard equipment of vehicles used on the accident and emergency service. Comparison of recent results with previous attempts in the City of Nottingham to provide a service for out of hospital cardiac arrest has shown that an elementary training course and the provision of defibrillators on emergency vehicles enables the ambulance service to save the lives of a reasonable proportion of those who suffer sudden death in the community. The extended training programme as a whole has proved acceptable to ambulance personnel and we believe that this programme could be the basis for a more widespread introduction of post basic training.