Survival rates boost

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WIGAN has one of the best cardiac arrest survival rate in the country according to the latest figures.

The North West Ambulance Service, which covers, Wigan Borough has been praised for their work to reduce fatalities from heart attacks.

During 2011-12, the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate in Wigan and the North West was 22.6 per cent - the fifth highest in the country.

It is the first time all ambulance services in England have measured the survival rate.

The figures were submitted to the Department of Health for collation.

Bob Williams, Deputy Chief Executive for NWAS, said: “NWAS welcomed the release of these Clinical Quality Indicators, and is proud to announce its figures for cardiac survival.

“Successful resuscitation can depend on a number of factors, but one of the most important is the speed in which patients can receive early defibrillation and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, whether that help is from an ambulance crew or bystander.

“Our Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and ECC staff demonstrate high performance levels in the care of patients who have suffered cardiac arrest; in the speed of answering 999 calls and in improvements to response times for Category A patients. Improving the speed and quality of treatment and patient care has also contributed to achieving these levels of cardiac arrest survival in our region. “

One area in which Wigan has been helped in terms of survival rates is the introduction of defibrialltor machines in many public places throughout the borough.

In June 2011, 15 year old Patrick Horrocks collapsed at a gym in Hindley Leisure Centre, which is run by Wigan Lesiure and Culture Trust (WLCT).

The Hindley Community High pupil flatlined for four minutes during the incident, but was revived thanks to the actions of the two members of staff who administered CPR and used a defibrilator.

WLCT now have Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines in all their locations in the borough and paramedics say Patrick would have survived without one.