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Adrenaline to be used in cardiac arrest treatment trial

Paramedics in trial for new cardiac arrest treatment Credit: West Midland Ambulance

Paramedics in the Midlands are taking part in a trial to see if using adrenaline can help treat those who've suffered cardiac arrest.

West Midlands Ambulance crews will compare the effectiveness of CPR over the drug. Some patients will be given adrenaline as well us current treatment methods, with its effects assessed against those who've received the standards methods.

The research is being coordinated by the University of Warwick.

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Smoking puts 400,000 children 'in poverty'

Stock photo of a cigarette Credit: ITV News Central

Smoking is putting four hundred thousand children in poverty according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

It is the first UK study to highlight how smoking impacts on family finances.

It suggests some parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities to fund their addiction.

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Claims mother's death 'hastened' by end of life care

A man has criticised the end of life care given to his elderly mother in her home and says he believes a medical procedure could have hastened her death.

Paul Brown from Groby says he was unhappy with the care given to 88-year-old Jean Brown, on the day before she died. Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust has now started an investigation.

Our Health Correspondent Nancy Cole reports.

'Serious failings' in pensioner's care who died after hospital bed fall

Herbert Millar in bed in hospital Credit: ITV News Central

A coroner has found there were serious failings in the care of a pensioner who died after falling out of bed in hospital.

Herbert Millar died from a bleed on his brain after the fall at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in January.

At an inquest last week a coroner ruled that a failure to provide supervision contributed to his death.

The hospital says it has reiterated its policies and procedures relating to falls, risks and observation standards to all staff. In a statement bosses also said:

In addition, spot audits on compliance to falls prevention standards have been implemented on the wards.

– Spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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