Outcry that Ambulance “Played God” After Heart Attack Fatality Found Enrolled in Experiment
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
The medical experiment is called Paramedic2 and involves heart attack sufferers who may or may not be given a placebo instead of an adrenaline drug frequently administered during heart attacks.
An estimated 24,000,000 million people are unwittingly enrolled in a medical trial – that is if they call upon the ambulance service from the far-reaching, five ambulance trust areas of the Welsh and English areas of the UK. Indeed, unbeknownst to most of them, the nationwide ambulance trust “assumes consent” the moment patients are under their care.
The Welsh Ambulance Service has been accused of ‘playing God’ after a woman died of a heart attack without knowing she was being used as a ‘guinea pig’ for a controversial medical trial.
Trudy Jones, 49, died after suffering a cardiac arrest at home in Wrexham, north Wales, in January 2016.
But her husband Ron, 56, only discovered during her inquest two years later that she had been part of a trial that gives some cardiac patients a placebo saline solution instead of adrenaline.
Mr Jones was horrified to learn the five ambulance service trusts taking part in the trial ‘assume’ consent of their patients.
They have today been accused of ‘playing God’ and using members of the public as ‘guinea pigs’.
Jones of Wrexham, stated:
The first thing we heard about the Paramedic2 trial was at the inquest, two years down the line.
I don’t feel the ambulance service have been totally honest with us with the things they were telling us. It just makes me really angry.
They didn’t mention it to us. I don’t disagree with having the trial but you should be given the choice to be in it or not.
We have asked them if they used adrenaline or saline on Trudy. We have been waiting for an answer since last November.
Trudy suffered a heart attack last year, and while Mr. Jones called the ambulance (999 in England), they took nearly 50 minutes to arrive. Trudy had in fact been entered into the trial unbeknownst to the couple. However, the tardiness of the crew appears to be a separate issue from the trial.
After arriving, the paramedics may – or may not have – administered a placebo saline solution instead of adrenaline. No one knows, not even the responders, because it is a double-blind trial.
The Welsh Ambulance Service behind Paramedic2 have yet to answer the family’s repeated inquiry about whether Trudy was given a placebo or not. Instead, they offered a weak apology attached to a measly £750 (about $1050) for the “unacceptable” delay.
While adrenaline treatment cannot always help a cardiac patient and can carry considerable side effects, a saline solution given as a heart attack treatment is sure to offer no help. That means, in order to assess results of a trial, human lives are literally being offered up in a medical Russian Roulette.
Geoff Ryall-Harvey, chief officer of the North Wales Community Health Council, said:
The trial might be legal, but is it moral? North Wales CHC does not believe that it is moral, but that it is playing God.
To make matters worse…
- The Welsh Ambulance Service claims that the trial was advertised in newspapers, TV and radio, bilingual leaflets and “a further press release was issued nine months later which generated further widespread press coverage.”
- In order to “opt-out” of the trial, you are required to obtain a silver medical bracelet by writing, emailing or calling the trial coordinators at Warwick University, and demand a “no study” bracelet. CPR and early defibrillation are still given regardless.
- But only 1,157 bracelets have been issued since December 2014 – out of a trial area population of almost 24 million people
For whatever reason, the vast majority of residents are walking around having no idea that they may be medical “guinea pigs” instead of receiving standard treatment for a heart attack. It is unlikely anyone would voluntarily wish to have emergency treatment withheld in such a situation.
Assistant Coroner Nicola Jones, said:
Although it cannot be established with certainty that Mrs Jones would have survived if help had reached her promptly after the first call, it is reasonable to find that she would have survived long enough to be transported to hospital for consideration of further medical treatment.
The Daily Mail article carrying the above information has failed to send shock waves throughout England. It was written in early February but has only garnered a few hundred shares. I found it through Cutting Through the Matrix.
If I should ever find myself in cardiac distress across the pond – I might just take my chances with Uber!
Please tell your UK friends!
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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