Man who stopped breathing in Okehampton flown to hospital by Devon Air Ambulance
A man who stopped breathing in Okehampton was flown to hospital by Devon’s air ambulance last week.
Emergency services were called after the elderly man stopped breathing in the town centre on Thursday.
Within one minute of the 999 call, which was received at around 12.25pm, the air ambulance was deployed to the scene.
Paramedics on board resuscitated the man before airlifting him to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
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Nigel Hare, paramedic and Operations Manager, said: “The patient was situated in the town centre, but the nearest appropriate landing site was in Simmons Park. This therefore meant that my colleague Nigel Lang and myself had to run, carrying all our equipment, approximately 400 metres in order to reach the patient.
“Although the patient had stopped breathing, he was successfully resuscitated and conveyed to the RD&E Hospital emergency department team.
“We are continuously looking via our HEMS (helicopter emergency medical services) desk at the best possible tasking to incidents, where speed really can make a difference.
“The air ambulance is able to offer not just enhanced clinical care to the patient but also a much quicker journey time to the most appropriate hospital, for those patients where time really does make a difference. This was one of those occasions.”