Two cardiac arrests during the biggest-ever Great North Run

Prompt medical attention saves runners.

Two patients out of a 40,000 field suffered cardiac arrests during the 2012 Great North Run.

Both were taking to South Tyneside Hospital.

NEAS also attended a number of incidents which were non-life threatening during the event - which attracted its biggest-ever number of entrants. 

NEAS plans on a 12 month cycle for the Great North Run every year to make sure the event goes as smoothly as possible, with the correct resources in the most appropriate location.

One cardiac arrest which was dealt exceptionally quickly, and truly a life saved about 200 yards from the finish before prompt transfer to hospital. 

There were a number of patients throughout the day dealt with by crews and all were successfully treated and either discharged or admitted to South Tyneside.

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