Rescue workers in Hazmat suits respond after the pensioner collapsed and died of cardiac arrest on the street
- An elderly man collapsed yesterday at 12:30 p.m. in Stone, Staffordshire
- It was assumed that there were two paramedics in Hazmat suits
- Despite the best efforts of the medics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene
Rescue workers in protective suits were called downtown after a pensioner collapsed and died on the street.
Police and paramedics were called to High Street in Stone, Staffordshire after an elderly man suffered cardiac arrest at around 12:30 p.m. yesterday.
Despite the best efforts of medical professionals and an off-duty nurse who performed CPR prior to their arrival, the man was pronounced dead at the scene – it is not yet known whether the death was related to Covid-19.
Rescue workers in hazmat suits were called to Stone High Street, Staffordshire, after a man collapsed and died on the street yesterday
Guidelines for Handling Cardiac Arrest During the Covid-19 Pandemic
The majority of patients who get COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, and it is estimated that around 4 to 5 percent are critically ill.
If a patient witnesses cardiac arrest in front of the emergency services, begin compression resuscitation using only level 2 PPE: disposable gloves, a disposable apron, a liquid-repellent surgical mask, and eye protection.
If there is more than one respondent, those trained in level 3 PPE should move at least 2 meters away from the patient and put on level 3 PPE before demonstrating advanced life support.
Level 3 requires disposable gloves, liquid repellent overalls / long sleeved apron / robe, respirator and eye protection.
In the case of a patient in cardiac arrest, it is not always possible to determine the potential risk of COVID-19. Therefore, these instructions should be followed for all cardiac arrests until further notice.
Photos show two paramedics in protective suits, which, according to the West Midlands Ambulance Service, was the standard protocol for potential Covid-19 patients.
An ambulance landed on a nearby lawn.
During the first wave of the pandemic, paramedics wore full protective suits when treating patients with potential Covid-19 symptoms. If the second lockdown is only a few hours away, it can signal a return to precaution.
A Staffordshire police spokesman said: “At around 12:35 pm, officers were called to Stone High Street to receive reports of an elderly man who was sick.
Ambulance and ambulance crews were present, but unfortunately nothing could be done and the patient died on the scene.
"There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death."
An eyewitness said, “There were police and ambulances all over Stone. There was a standstill everywhere.
"It looked serious."
Another added, "There were two ambulances, police cars and the air ambulance landed nearby."
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to the intersection of Stafford Street and Christchurch Way in Stone at 12:17 pm after a patient was reported to be in cardiac arrest.
Two ambulances and the Tatenhill Midlands Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
The crews arrived to find an off-duty nurse and bystanders to perform CPR on a man in cardiac arrest.
"The ambulance staff took care of the resuscitation effort, but unfortunately nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on the spot a short time later."
Two ambulances and Tatenhill's Midlands Air Ambulance were on site, but despite the best efforts of the medics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene