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Sheffield Students Sign Up to Save Lives

04 April 2016

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has launched a new life-saving initiative alongside medical students at the University of Sheffield.

Students at the university have signed up to the ambulance service’s Community First Responder (CFR) scheme. CFRs are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

They are trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart. CFRs also carry portable oxygen. 

Since the scheme was initiated in January, the volunteers have been on call for over 200 hours and have attended incidents where they have provided assistance to patients with conditions such as chest pain, stroke and breathing problems.

Emma Scott, Community Defibrillation Officer at YAS, said, “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

“It has been a pleasure to work with these enthusiastic, bright young people. They have conducted themselves with great professionalism during training and the first few weeks of activity. I am confident they will continue to provide a positive service to the people of Sheffield.”

42 students have been trained so far, with more students due to join the scheme in the coming weeks. The project is being supported by members of the Sheffield Acute Care and Trauma Society, President David Edwards who made the initial contact with YAS, and Pre-Hospital Care Rep Adam McDonald who has coordinated the launch of the scheme and continues to coordinate the CFR group.


Notes to Editor:

1. The Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,310 emergency and routine calls per day and employs over 4,800 staff. Our Patient Transport Service makes around one million journeys per year transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments and our NHS 111 urgent care service handles around 1.4 million calls.

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