Patients suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest in London now have more chance than ever before of being resuscitated by staff, according the latest Service figures.
The report, published by the Clinical Audit & Research Unit (CARU), also shows the Utstein* survival rate is up to 15.2 per cent from 12 per cent the previous year.
So, if you have a cardiac arrest in London (for certain values of cardiac arrest), you have a 15.2% chance of survival. Which is great but won't result in us getting any more funding. Well done everyone involved, and well done to the new CPR protocols – I've personally noticed a difference with the 30:2 compressions.
For the first time in its history the Service has responded to one million incidents in a single calendar year.
The Service has already attended over three per cent more incidents than in the whole of last year (968,952), with the busy New Year's Eve period still to come.
Chief Executive Peter Bradley said: “To attend one million incidents in a single year is an amazing milestone and one that no other ambulance service has ever reached.
“Every member of staff can be proud of the contribution they have made towards helping us to reach more patients more quickly than ever before.
“Demand on our Service has risen steadily over the years , and this is something experienced by ambulance services nationwide. We continue to work to find innovative ways of offering more appropriate care pathways for our patients. The ability to offer some of our callers telephone advice or to transfer them to NHS Direct is allowing us to save thousands of traditional ambulance responses each year.”
The millionth incident was to a patient suffering chest pain in Tower Hamlets. A Poplar ambulance crew and a HART single responder attended. The patient was taken to hospital.
This is what I meant when I previously mentioned that our chief executive sounded proud that we go to more than a million calls. Is that something we should be proud of, or rather something that we should be worried by? And these are the calls that ambulances are sent on, not the ones where telephone advice refuses an ambulance.
Someone please explain to me how this is a good thing, especially if we aren't increasing the number of ambulances and staff on the road?
As an aside, half of my workload is 'chest pain in Tower Hamlets', I'm willing to bet that it was a cough or bellyache, or maybe a bit of 'flu'.