On Wednesday 10 June, Lisa Whitton, Ward Staff Nurse with Sirona care & health, saved the life of a young man before her working day had even begun.
At around 6.15am Lisa was en route to work when she was waved down by a woman. Lisa noticed the woman was stood next to a young man who was lying on the ground. Lisa stopped to find out what had happened and what she could do to help; the woman told Lisa she didn’t know the man but had found him on the ground. Lisa thought the young man had had a fit so she swiftly put him in the recovery position. Unfortunately the man then went into respiratory arrest so Lisa acted quickly and turned him back on to his back and began cardiac compressions. While Lisa was doing this, the woman who was first on the scene called for an ambulance.
Miraculously, Lisa successfully resuscitated the man and the paramedics arrived to take over his care and transport him to Southmead Hospital. During this stressful situation several passers-by had stopped and Lisa received a round of applause from them for her role in saving the young man’s life. Lisa continued on her way to work after the incident and upon arrival began to feel extremely shocked by what had happened. Lisa’s team looked after her and supported her throughout her shift that day, they were all extremely proud of her for what she had achieved early that Wednesday morning.
Lisa said: “I instantly knew I had to do everything I could to make a difference to this man’s life. With current up-to-date cardiopulmonary resuscitation knowledge and experience, I acted in the best interests of the individual and to the best of my ability.
“I was shocked after the event as carrying out cardiopulmonary resuscitation outside a ward environment with equipment and a team is so very different, but I held onto the fact that my prompt actions resulted in the man being able to breathe again and I was glad to hopefully make a difference to his life. The team were amazing and supportive to me and it was because of them I wanted to stay at work to continue to provide the compassionate care we all deliver to people every day.
“I am proud to be a nurse and hope that I have made a difference to the man’s wellbeing and future.”