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Volunteering as a Paramedic

Susanna The Paramedic

We are lucky enough to have people from all walks of life bringing expertise and experience from a whole host of backgrounds. Unsurprisingly we have a fantastic cohort of those with medical backgrounds willing to give up their time to help people, even outside of their usual day-to-day!

We catch up with Susanna Trow, a Paramedic Clinical Team Manager, and a valued Little LifeSavers Volunteers

Hi Susanna, thanks for talking with us! How long have you been in the medical profession?

17 years, which includes my time as an emergency medical technician before qualifying as a Paramedic in 2009.

Why is bystander CPR important for a patient?

When a patient collapses and their heart stops it is really important to start CPR as early as possible. In simple terms, doing CPR keeps the heart pumping blood around the body delivering blood and oxygen to vital organs.

Why do you think it is important for children to learn CPR?

I don’t think anyone is too young to learn CPR.

It is something I always hope won’t occur but cardiac arrests can happen at any age suddenly. The more people equipped to deliver the CPR the better chance of survival.

Are you able to share a memory of when bystander CPR has helped?

Last year I attended to a 21-year-old who collapsed at home in the morning, it was very sudden. Fortunately, the girlfriend knew how to do CPR so along with her knowledge and the 999 call taker, she did CPR until the ambulance arrived. We then used the defibrillator to deliver shocks to his heart and we were able to successfully resuscitate him.

He was discharged from the hospital after a short stay and now has an implanted defibrillator. Without her doing bystander CPR, he may not have had that second chance at life.

When you heard about Little LifeSavers, what did you think?

I was excited to hear about Little LifeSavers and really believe in the charity’s aim.

How could you see paramedics supporting the cause?

Paramedics could help with delivering CPR training sessions, and sharing their real-life experiences.

Could you also get involved?

We agree with Susanna that paramedics could help with CPR training sessions, but you don’t need to be medically trained to be able to deliver these sessions to children.

We provide all training and are always on the lookout for more volunteers who can give up just an hour or so of their time to the Little LifeSavers cause. If you or anyone you know is interested, you can find out more about volunteering here.

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