The call handler believed Ms Melling was breathing - but she was actually suffering with agonal breathing - a form of irregular, gasping breath that should be treated as a critical emergency.
At the end of the proceedings the coroner said that he would be writing a report to NHS Pathways to ensure that tools were made available to ambulance trusts to help call handlers respond to cases of agonal breathing.
DAY " He added it was also possible what Mr McManus had described was agonal breathing
- gasping breaths which can be seen around the time the heart stops.
Law enforcement officers are generally given good training on how to capture, control, and restraint an individual, but are given little, if any, training on post-restraint issues such as how to identify breathing problems, including agonal breathing
," said Dr.
We are pleased this has been rectified by West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust with the introduction of an agonal breathing
tool, however we believe this needs to be made compulsory within all NHS ambulance trusts to protect the safety of other patients.
Pat later learned that gasping, also called agonal breathing, is relatively common in victims of cardiac arrest.
Agonal breathing may also be mistaken for snorting, moaning, or labored breathing.
NEW ORLEANS -- Tweaking emergency dispatcher assessment protocols to incorporate a few simple questions regarding agonal breathing markedly increases the rate of cardiac arrest detection over the phone, Ahamed H.
Idris noted that studies from Sweden, Seattle, and Dallas have independently shown that CPR is withheld from up to 40% of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest because potential rescuers or 911 dispatchers misinterpret agonal breathing, thinking it an indication that the individual is not actually in cardiac arrest.
NEW ORLEANS -- Tweaking emergency dispatcher assessment protocols to include simple questions about agonal breathing markedly boosts the rate of cardiac arrest detection over the phone, Ahamed H.
Studies from Sweden, Seattle, and Dallas have shown that CPR is withheld from up to 40% of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest because potential rescuers or 911 dispatchers misinterpret agonal breathing as an indication that the individual is not in cardiac arrest, Dr.
When the hospice nurse came in to check, she whispered to Anna's family, "She's having agonal breathing