Ambulance staff set new record

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AMBULANCE staff have set a new service record for successful resuscitations.

In August, 38 per cent of patients attended by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) were successfully resuscitated at the scene making its best ever result.

In 2010 the survival rate for patients in cardiac arrest was 17 per cent and to date for 2012 it stands at 28 per cent.

The service said the improvement is primarily due to ambulance crews arriving quickly and administering effective clinical treatments, as well as a greater awareness among the public about CPR techniques and more people attempting them.