New Kit For East Air Ambulance

16 January 2011, 08:00

The East of England Air Ambulance has been given a new, portable oxygen monitor.

It means paramedics on board the aircraft, which is based at Cambridge Airport, can monitor patients at risk of stopping breathing.

The small device, which is about the size of a large mobile phone, will be used when it's not suitable to use the bigger, heavier oxygen monitor.

It measures a patient's pulse rate, the amount of oxygen going around a person's body and how much Carbon Dioxide they're breathing out.

The device cost around £4,000 and was paid for by the East of England Air Ambulance Charity.

It was presented to paramedics at Cambridge Airport by Euro MEP for the East of England Richard Howitt.