Diners watch in horror as man dies at Shoreham restaurant

Diners watch in horror as man dies

Diners watch in horror as man dies

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A father died of a heart attack as he ate at a popular restaurant despite the best efforts of medics called to the scene. 

The tragedy took place at La Galleria in East Street, Shoreham, on Saturday around 7.20pm.

A witness to the incident said the man, who was 65 years old, was eating with a group who she believed were his family when he passed away.

A South East Coast Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called to the restaurant at 7.20pm to a man who suffered a cardiac arrest.

"We sent a responder and three ambulances to the scene. Efforts were made to revive the man, but these were unsuccessful.”

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3:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

tykemison says...

How very sad, my condolences to family and friends.
How very sad, my condolences to family and friends. tykemison
  • Score: 35

11:14pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Patsyr says...

Very sad but why send 3 ambulances? Surely only one needed.
Very sad but why send 3 ambulances? Surely only one needed. Patsyr
  • Score: 6

8:06am Tue 25 Mar 14

kc1234 says...

Having just attended a CPR course, it became clear heart CPR is not usually enough to save someone. A defibrilator is needed in addition to CPR. Defib machines are not often accessible in public places and taking into account this may be the only way to save someone from a heart attack, it is shocking. I understand they may cost in the region of £1000, but I feel someone should be promoting these machines be available more freely in places where public are. More shocking, was the knowledge that many large supermarkets do not keep one in their premises. I think Asda does but the other large supermarkets have refused. Most probably due to the fact they wish not take any respnsibility of training someone and liability factors involved???
Having just attended a CPR course, it became clear heart CPR is not usually enough to save someone. A defibrilator is needed in addition to CPR. Defib machines are not often accessible in public places and taking into account this may be the only way to save someone from a heart attack, it is shocking. I understand they may cost in the region of £1000, but I feel someone should be promoting these machines be available more freely in places where public are. More shocking, was the knowledge that many large supermarkets do not keep one in their premises. I think Asda does but the other large supermarkets have refused. Most probably due to the fact they wish not take any respnsibility of training someone and liability factors involved??? kc1234
  • Score: 20

11:56am Tue 25 Mar 14

saveHOVE says...

People occasionally fundraise for defibs or buy them and donate them but people also need training in how to use one. Something for grateful patients to put in their Wills!

You are dead right tho that more are needed and I wonder if places like malls have them -Churchill Sq in Brighton for instance
People occasionally fundraise for defibs or buy them and donate them but people also need training in how to use one. Something for grateful patients to put in their Wills! You are dead right tho that more are needed and I wonder if places like malls have them -Churchill Sq in Brighton for instance saveHOVE
  • Score: 8

12:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

DisillusionedBtowner says...

Sussex Heart Charity have provided lots of defibs for the Sussex area, they do very good work.
Sussex Heart Charity have provided lots of defibs for the Sussex area, they do very good work. DisillusionedBtowner
  • Score: 8

2:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

fasttrack says...

Not sure about Churchill Square but the Arndale in Eastbourne has two machines and they have been used to save lives.
Not sure about Churchill Square but the Arndale in Eastbourne has two machines and they have been used to save lives. fasttrack
  • Score: 7

7:33am Wed 26 Mar 14

kc1234 says...

DisillusionedBtowner wrote:
Sussex Heart Charity have provided lots of defibs for the Sussex area, they do very good work.
Sussex Heart Charity are fantastic and dedicate their time in training as many as possible and helpnig to promote defibrilators for use in as many places as possible. It is a shame some of the hugely profitable companies do not engage in providing these in store.
[quote][p][bold]DisillusionedBtowner[/bold] wrote: Sussex Heart Charity have provided lots of defibs for the Sussex area, they do very good work.[/p][/quote]Sussex Heart Charity are fantastic and dedicate their time in training as many as possible and helpnig to promote defibrilators for use in as many places as possible. It is a shame some of the hugely profitable companies do not engage in providing these in store. kc1234
  • Score: 5

1:18pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Daisyb2uk says...

You don't need training to use the defribs, the machine talks you through what to do. My husband has one that he uses to teach CPR as part of his First Aid courses. He was once a Brighton Heartguard Instructor.
You don't need training to use the defribs, the machine talks you through what to do. My husband has one that he uses to teach CPR as part of his First Aid courses. He was once a Brighton Heartguard Instructor. Daisyb2uk
  • Score: 6

5:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

Patsyr wrote:
Very sad but why send 3 ambulances? Surely only one needed.
ohh they do it a lot ..
http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/11147475.
Woman_seriously_ill_
after_collapsing_nea
r_Churchill_Square/?
action=success#comme
nts

i am shocked it took three ambulances to attend when it was clear in the first few moments the person was dead
A witness to the incident said the man, who was 65 years old, was eating with a group who she believed were his family when he passed away. .. ....
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: Very sad but why send 3 ambulances? Surely only one needed.[/p][/quote]ohh they do it a lot .. http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11147475. Woman_seriously_ill_ after_collapsing_nea r_Churchill_Square/? action=success#comme nts i am shocked it took three ambulances to attend when it was clear in the first few moments the person was dead A witness to the incident said the man, who was 65 years old, was eating with a group who she believed were his family when he passed away. .. .... Mr chock
  • Score: -4

10:06am Fri 18 Apr 14

sweetnigel says...

Mr chock wrote:
Patsyr wrote:
Very sad but why send 3 ambulances? Surely only one needed.
ohh they do it a lot ..
http://www.theargus.

co.uk/news/11147475.

Woman_seriously_ill_

after_collapsing_nea

r_Churchill_Square/?

action=success#comme

nts

i am shocked it took three ambulances to attend when it was clear in the first few moments the person was dead
A witness to the incident said the man, who was 65 years old, was eating with a group who she believed were his family when he passed away. .. ....
A person in cardiac arrest cannot feasibly be pronounced dead by "a witness" and so ambulance medics will treat the patient until there is a return of normal heart activity, or zero possibility of resuscitation. Anyone who has seen or been part of a resuscitation (like myself) will know that chest compressions (CPR) when done properly are exhausting. In fact, research shows that they cannot be performed as well after just 2 minutes by the same person. Added to which, procedures like administering drugs and protecting the airway need to be done at the same time, along with potentially de-fibrillating the patient. Consequently, 3 ambulances being sent is not unusual if there are enough resources available - usually in the SECAmb area, one crew has a specialist paramedic called a Critical Care Paramedic, who has enhanced skills and equipment to better deal with a patient in cardiac arrest. If you'd like to help your local community and the people around you deal better with these sort of situations, then contact the NHS South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) via the website.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: Very sad but why send 3 ambulances? Surely only one needed.[/p][/quote]ohh they do it a lot .. http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11147475. Woman_seriously_ill_ after_collapsing_nea r_Churchill_Square/? action=success#comme nts i am shocked it took three ambulances to attend when it was clear in the first few moments the person was dead A witness to the incident said the man, who was 65 years old, was eating with a group who she believed were his family when he passed away. .. ....[/p][/quote]A person in cardiac arrest cannot feasibly be pronounced dead by "a witness" and so ambulance medics will treat the patient until there is a return of normal heart activity, or zero possibility of resuscitation. Anyone who has seen or been part of a resuscitation (like myself) will know that chest compressions (CPR) when done properly are exhausting. In fact, research shows that they cannot be performed as well after just 2 minutes by the same person. Added to which, procedures like administering drugs and protecting the airway need to be done at the same time, along with potentially de-fibrillating the patient. Consequently, 3 ambulances being sent is not unusual if there are enough resources available - usually in the SECAmb area, one crew has a specialist paramedic called a Critical Care Paramedic, who has enhanced skills and equipment to better deal with a patient in cardiac arrest. If you'd like to help your local community and the people around you deal better with these sort of situations, then contact the NHS South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) via the website. sweetnigel
  • Score: 3

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