Return of paramedics in hazmat suits? Emergency crews respond in full protective clothing as pensioner collapses and dies of a cardiac arrest in the street
- An elderly man collapsed on in Stone, Staffordshire, 12.30pm yesterday
- Two paramedics in hazmat suits attended, suits are believed to be covid related
- Despite the best effort of medics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene
Emergency workers in hazmat suits were called to a town centre after a pensioner collapsed and died in the street.
Police and paramedics were called to High Street in Stone, Staffordshire, after an elderly man went into cardiac arrest at around 12.30pm yesterday.
Despite the best effort of medics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene, it is not yet known if the death was covid-19 related.
Photos show two men in hazmat suits near a barber’s shop and a helicopter which had landed on a grassy area nearby.
A Staffordshire Police spokesmen said: ‘Officers were called to Stone High Street at about 12.35pm to reports of an elderly male taken ill.
Emergency workers in hazmat suits were called to High Street in Stone, Staffordshire, after a man collapsed and died in the street yesterday
‘Ambulance and air ambulance crews were in attendance but, sadly, nothing could be done and the patient died at the scene.
‘There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.’
One eyewitness said: ‘There were police and ambulances all over Stone. Everywhere was at a standstill. It looked serious.’
Another added: ‘There were two ambulances, police cars and the air ambulance landed nearby.’
Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene, but despite the best effort of medics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 12.17pm to the junction of Stafford Street and Christchurch Way in Stone following reports of a patient in cardiac arrest.
‘Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill were sent to the scene. Crews arrived to find an off-duty nurse and bystanders performing CPR on a man in cardiac arrest.
‘Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.’
It is not yet established why the workers were wearing the hazmat suits however it is believed to be a return of the standard PPE worn by paramedics when attending potential covid-19 cases that emergency services adopted during the first wave of the virus.