A medic whose prompt actions helped saved the life of a supporter has joined the club’s matchday first-aid team.
Jonny Speirs, a North West Medical Services Director, was in the vicinity of the stadium when Blackpool fan Martin Guerin suffered a cardiac arrest prior to the Seasiders’ opening day victory against Bristol Rovers.
The incident, which occurred as Martin approached the turnstiles, saw Jonny help the club's response team while CPR was performed and a public access defibrillator utilised to effectively save his life.
Martin, 63, was discharged from Blackpool Victoria Hospital last week and was in attendance for Saturday's match against Oxford United, where he met up the club's response team, who dealt with the medical emergency quickly and efficiently.
As a club, we're delighted to see the recovery that Martin has made.
What is CPR?
CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It’s a life-saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the person's body when their heart can’t.
What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.
4 steps to take if someone is having a cardiac arrest:
Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:
- Call 999
- Start CPR
- Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
- Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions
For further information about CPR and defibrillators, please visit the website of the British Heart Foundation – bhf.org.uk