AMTD are the sole providers of First Aid Training to all Staff of The University of Cumbria and have been working with them for the last 4 years .In mid December 2012, Jayne Wright an events co-ordinator at the University of Cumbria took part in an First Aid at Work course. This training was a requirement of her working life and Jayne was unaware the impact it would have on the life of one person she had never met and also herself. Just three short weeks later, on New Year’s Eve 2012, Jayne and her partner were spending a quiet evening in an Appleby hostelry. Shortly before midnight she heard a thud and realised that a gentleman that had been stood at the bar had collapsed, having recently completed her first aid training
Jayne went to see if she could be of assistance.
She immediately realised that the lady that had begun chest compressions was not doing them deeply enough to be effective so took over.
Whilst Jayne was carrying out CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) the casualty began to vomit and then exhibit agonal breathing. Although bystanders including a doctor and a nurse, thought this meant the casualty had started to breathe again, and tried to put him in the recovery position, Jayne knew because of her training that agonal breathing was not a
sign of life, but a sign of death and continued performing CPR.
Jayne and another customer continued with CPR for around 15 minutes until the Paramedics arrived with the defibrillator. Jayne continued performing compressions and rescue breaths until the defibrillator was set up and the
first shock administered, then more rescue breaths and compressions whilst the defibrillator re-charged. After the second shock the Paramedics detected a pulse and at this point Jayne walked away.
As a result of her training and her strength of character to continue performing CPR despite others telling her the casualty had recovered, the casualty lived to see the New Year. This incident has had a profound effect on Jayne who says she has been deeply affected by what happened, so much so that she is now considering re-training as a Paramedic.