People suffering cardiac arrest in five UK regions may receive a shot of saline from paramedics, rather than adrenaline, as part of a clinical trial to test whether the drug is causing neurological damage.
NTBR = NOT TO BE RESUSCITATED ?
The Telegraph reports that the trial, which has received ethical approval from Warwick University will run in Welsh, West Midlands, North East, South Central and London Ambulance Service areas.
Advertising will run in the regions, and patients can opt out of the scheme, but Dr Martin Underwood, whose team is running the study, said: ‘It is possible that [adrenaline] improves short-term survival but few patients leave hospital and it may be at the cost of neurological damage.’
‘It may in fact be something that is custom and practice that is actually harming people.’