MORE heart attack victims can be saved because of a new initiative from Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics.
They have undergone a two-day training course on the use of clot-busting drugs to improve care for people suffering cardiac arrest.
The procedure can dissolve a clot in a blocked artery, which can save valuable time and minimise the extent of damage to the heart.
The training was carried out by Yorkshire Air Ambulance Paramedic Tony Wilkes and Chris Croden from West Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Tony said: "This procedure can be a life-saving intervention which will be of particular value to people suffering a heart attack in locations which are a long distance from hospital.
"The advantage of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is the speed in which we can reach locations, even isolated areas such as the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District."
The air ambulance is equipped with a 12-lead electrocardiograph which provides paramedics with the information to make a diagnosis and administer the drugs.