EMRTS Cymru Shares Cardiac Arrest Experiences at National Event

Monday 18 April 2016

Medics from Wales’ Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) have taken part in the country’s first ever Pre-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Symposium at Swansea University (07/04/16).


The event, which was organised by the College of Paramedics, also included contributions from the Welsh Ambulance Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, North East Ambulance Service, the British Heart Foundation and Warwick University.


Dr Tim Mansfield, from EMRTS Cymru, spoke to the delegates about traumatic cardiac arrests. He said: “During the first six months of EMRTS Cymru operations, 17% of the cases we attended were cardiac arrests.


“One of our aims as a service is to support the development of clinical knowledge and skills amongst the medical profession. By sharing our experiences at events such as this we hope that we are contributing to a better understanding of pre-hospital emergency medicine.


“The event also gave us an opportunity to listen to, and learn from, other UK practitioners in the field. We congratulate the College of Paramedics in Wales for organising such a successful event and thank them for allowing us to participate."


As well as Dr Mansfield’s talk, EMRTS Critical Care Practitioners Ben Seabourne and Chris Shaw gave a practical demonstration of how the service can support paramedics in cases of cardiac arrest. 


Launched in April 2015, EMRTS Cymru provides pioneering emergency medical care across Wales. The Service is made up of consultants and critical care practitioners (paramedics and nurses) who are able to deliver emergency treatments previously not available outside of a hospital environment.


The EMRTS medics travel on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters and in a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles which enable them to reach the scene of a medical emergency as fast as possible.


Additional Information


EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The consultants and critical care practitioners (paramedics and nurses) fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Swansea and Welshpool. The team are able to reach 90% of the Welsh population within twenty minutes. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.


For information about EMRTS Cymru visit To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit


The College of Paramedics is the recognised professional body for paramedics and the ambulance professions. For more information visit


For further details please contact Steven Stokes, EMRTS Cymru Communications Manager, on 07866 796985 or via

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