The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) takes centre stage in a new film designed to educate patients and their families about what life is like after cardiac arrest.
The video takes viewers on a journey from having a cardiac arrest, through treatments, and recovery, with physiotherapy and rehabilitation, using the experiences of healthcare experts and cardiac arrest survivors.
The entire video was shot at the CTC, with interviews from members of staff including cardiologists, critical care nurses, and rehabilitation experts.
Emergency patients taken to the CTC after a cardiac arrest have one of the highest chances in the country of making a good recovery.
About 30,000 people in Britain have a cardiac arrest, meaning their heart stops, outside hospital every year and their chances of making it alive to an emergency department are around 50/50. If they do, their chances of making a full recovery without damage to the brain or other organs will depend on the quality of treatment they receive.
Data at the CTC shows a particularly high survival rate, given the severity of the patients’ condition. This is due to teamwork, rapid treatment and management of the heart disease and the effect of the cardiac arrest on other organs. The CTC has state-of-the-art facilities and experts on hand 24/7 to offer the very best treatment to patients.
The film stars Dr Andrew Deaner, consultant cardiologist, who became famous in 2012 for running onto the football pitch during an FA cup match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur to resuscitate central midfielder Fabrice Muamba from a cardiac arrest.
Dr Deaner, who works at Barts Health NHS Trust, says in the video: “The cardiac arrest is the beginning of a long journey. The impact, psychologically, emotionally and cognitively on the patient and their family is huge.”
The CTC, which opened its doors in 2007, specialises in caring for patients with heart and lung problems. It was purpose built to accommodate the highly equipped operating theatres and cardiology treatment rooms needed to provide world-class treatment and care.
Dr Deaner explained during the filming, how the CTC was a “lovely unit”. He added: “There is lots of research taking place and I’m impressed by the work consultant cardiologists Tom Keeble and John Davies have been doing. I will be returning to Barts and recommending they replicate some of the work being done here.”
To view the video, please click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwWEoBPncXo