08 July 2016 - Cardiac Smart Hosts Successful #RESUS2016 Conference

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The first ever Cardiac Arrest Conference, Resus 2016, has been hailed an astounding success after a packed audience of delegates attended to learn how to increase survival rates for those who suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital.

The conference, held on 25 June at Park Hall Hotel near Chorley in Lancashire and hosted by North West Ambulance Service’s Cardiac Smart Team, shared knowledge and raised awareness to help enable effective treatment is received as quickly as possible so that more lives can be saved.

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating in a normal way and prevents blood from circulating around the body, which can happen to anyone regardless of age or fitness. Currently in the UK around 60,000 people every year have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest but only less than one in ten people survive, but survival rates can be greatly improved if effective treatment is given as quickly as possible.

Clinicians, student paramedics, community first responder volunteers and charities heard inspirational talks from international experts and professionals from here in the UK, as they spoke of their work in the field of emergency healthcare.

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Freddy Lippert, CEO of Emergency Medical Services from Denmark, spoke of the need for everyone to learn how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and that it is vital that children are taught this lifesaving skill in school. Freddy stated that people shouldn’t be afraid to help: “If a person has a cardiac arrest they are dead, so you can’t make them worse, but you can make them better”.

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Mike Helbock, a Senior Paramedic and Clinical Educator from King County in Seattle, USA, spoke about the importance of focus on good quality CPR and that those performing it shouldn’t stop for anything but to give breaths and shocks from a defibrillator. The knowledge that Mike passed on explained exactly why Seattle has the world’s highest survival rates of 62 per cent.

Towards the end of the day there was an emotional presentation that reminded the audience exactly why this subject was so important. Eighteen year old Sam Mangoro spoke of when he suffered a cardiac arrest during a PE lesson at school. He was resuscitated by members of staff who performed CPR and used the school’s recently purchased defibrillator. Since his recovery Sam has campaigned to get all schools and public places to install a defibrillator so that others can also live to tell the tale.

North West Ambulance Service Consultant Paramedic, Dan Smith said: “The whole day was extremely successful in learning from world renowned experts in cardiac arrest, medical professionals and our emergency service partners. As a Trust we look to embrace the passion and motivation we came away with and move that forward to benefit our future patients so more people can survive a cardiac arrest.

“I would like to credit the organisers for putting on a truly insightful day and the sponsors who made the day possible as we look forward to Resus 2017.”

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