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Emergency Care highly commended 2016 - Joe Saunders

Off duty Emergency Care Assistant in Bishop Auckland, Joe Saunders recently went to the aid of a neighbour who had collapsed in the street.

Joe had been called out to help in his pyjamas and slippers in the pitch black in a difficult environment where several family members were panicking. 

Using his initiative and skills, Joe took control of the situation, confirming cardiac arrest and commencing excellent CPR, which he maintained for 10 minutes prior to the arrival of the paramedic.  

Upon arrival, the paramedic Michael Charlton, found that the patient was in ventricular fibrillation and following advanced life support, they gained a return of spontaneous circulation. 

The patient then made normal respitatory effort, with normal cardiac output and was transferred to an intensive care unit for further treatment.

Praising his fellow colleague, Michael reported that the patient would have had very little, if not zero, chance of a successful outcome without Joe's help, professionalism and commitment to deliver an unmatched quality of care to patients.

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