Management of cardiac arrest by ambulance technicians and paramedics

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.508a (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:508
  1. Andrew K Marsden, Consultant medical director,
  2. Stuart M Cobbe, Walton professor of medical cardiology
  1. Scottish Ambulance Service, Edinburgh EH10 5UU
  2. University of Glasgow, Glasgow

    Paramedics have other uses beside attending cardiac arrests

    EDITOR,--The paper by U M Guly and colleagues, of Edinburgh, shows the wisdom of the former managers of the Scottish Ambulance Service who in 1989, before the widespread introduction of paramedic training in Scotland, resolved to equip all frontline ambulances with defibrillators and train staff in their use.1 Since the start of the “Heartstart Scotland” programme about 1000 patients have recovered completely after a cardiac arrest outside hospital. …

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