MORE information has been given out about a trial that will see cardiac arrest patients given saline solution instead of adrenaline by paramedics.
The trial is being brought in after concerns that adrenaline is not effective, as previously reported.
South Central Ambulance Service is one of five ambulance trusts across the country that is taking part, and the trial – called Paramedic2 study – will start in Hampshire in April.
It will be a double blind test, so neither the paramedic nor the patient will know what is being injected.
The trial is being run by the University of Warwick.
Members of the public can request not to take part – meaning that they will definitely be given adrenaline in the event of suffering a cardiac arrest.
They will receive a stainless steel bracelet which has the words ‘no study’ engraved on it.
Paramedics will be trained to look for these bracelets in the same way they do for other medical ID bands.
A person wishing to opt out should wear this bracelet for the duration of the trial and will be contacted by a member of the trial team at the end to inform them that they no longer need to wear the bracelet.
The bracelets can be requested by filling in the form on the study website warwick.ac.uk, or by contacting the trial team on (024) 7615 1164 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org