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West Midlands Ambulance Service are today highlighting the importance of knowing what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest, as a man survived after being attended by an off duty nurse in a collision in Rednal last night.

The two car collision happened in Ashill Road just before 6pm (Thurs 6th Nov) when a 60 year old man suffered a cardiac arrest while driving.

Luckily for him, an off duty nurse was able to attend to him quickly, performing CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) until ambulance crews arrived to deliver Advanced Life Support (ALS).

The combined actions meant the man had the best possible chance of survival and he was breathing on his own by the time he was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found two cars that both had front end damage.

“They were told that one car had coasted across the road and that the collision was at slow speed.

“In one vehicle they found a man of approximately 60 years who was in cardiac arrest and an off duty nurse carrying out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Ambulance staff took over and gave the man advanced life support. Thankfully the combined actions resulted in the man starting to breathe for himself.

“They continued to care for him as he was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby for his arrival.

“Whilst the man still has a long way to go, he has been given the chance of life by someone being prepared to carry out CPR.

“Once again, this demonstrates just how important it is that everyone learns how to do CPR and has a knowledge of basic first aid.

“If it had not been for the actions of the nurse in those first few seconds, the man would almost certainly have died; now he has been given the best possible chance of survival.

“Surely, everyone should have the knowledge and be willing to do the same?”

The man driving the other car was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff and was discharged.

Well done to all involved. We hope the man has a full recovery.

If you want to learn Basic Life Support skills, see the info on the link below:

Fastaid HeartStart Free basic life support training NB Fastaid is a charity & donations are welcome.

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