A remarkable tale of rural ingenuity and teamwork
The woman gasped, “I think I’m having an asthma attack”.
She couldn’t breathe very well and had a strange feeling in her chest. Not being asthmatic, she didn’t really know what the trouble was, so had called an ambulance.
The officers began their assessment. The woman’s pulse was fast and thready. When they applied the ECG leads, they realised, to their shock, it was ventricular tachycardia (VT).
VT is such a serious, life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm that most people fall unconscious. When VT lasts more than 30 seconds, it