Heavyweight accolade for paramedic David’s work which will help Herts patients

The Royal College of Nursing says too many overseas nurses are being turned away

The Royal College of Nursing says too many overseas nurses are being turned away - Credit: Archant

A paramedic who specialises in caring for patients whose weight affects their health has won a top award.

David Sexby’s award for quality in education and training from Health Education East of England at a ceremony on Thursday recognised the success of an East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust pilot project involving an ambulance fitted out for heavyweight patients.

Specialist equipment includes a mechanical CPR device, allowing better cardiac arrest management and safer transport to hospital, which is such a success it will now be fitted to ambulance officer cars to support frontline crews.

And a total of 16 sets of bariatric equipment, including a larger lifting cushion, an electronic stretcher and the mechanical CPR device, will soon be rolled out to 999 crews across the region.


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