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Fencing first aiders come to the rescue of a cardiac arrest

Fast acting fencing first aiders were there to help save an individual suffering a cardiac arrest.

First aiders who cover fencing tournaments are used to deal with cuts, twisted ankles and other relatively minor medical problems. However, a team of medics at the recent Commonwealth Fencing Championships had an altogether more serious case to deal with.

A regular gym goer was working out at the Inverclyde Sports Centre, where the international competition was taking place, when he suffered a cardiac arrest, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reports.

Fast action fencing first aiders

Freelance paramedics Angie Page and Alan Milne were covering the event when they heard that someone was receiving CPR. They grabbed their first aid provisions and ran to help. When they arrived at the scene, they saw that the 74-year-old patient’s life was in danger. They quickly set up their medical equipment while gym staff attended to the individual. As soon as they were ready, they administered an electric shock using a defibrillator. This jolted the patient’s heart back into a regular rhythm.

First aid bag


Commenting on the experience, Ms Page said; "It’s not often you are able to bring back someone in cardiac arrest if they are not already in hospital. To be on hand in the right place at the right time and have played a part in saving someone’s life feels incredible. I just hoped that the rest of the competition was less eventful. Any excitement is because of the action on the fencing pistes, not off them.”


President of the International Fencing Federation Helen Smith praised the fast actions of the medics during her closing speech at the championships. She said that as well as providing “fantastic services” to the fencers and officials, the team saved the life of a non-fencer who happened to be on site. Ms Smith went on to state that this was an “amazing thing”.

Cases like this one serve to highlight how important effective first aid equipment is. As long as they have access to the right medical gear, trained individuals can reduce suffering and improve outcomes for patients who are suffering from a variety of potentially serious medical complaints.


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