A nurse was applauded at congress after it was revealed she had successfully given cardiopulmonary resuscitation to someone on the way to the conference.
Congress chair Stuart McKenzie told delegates that Kate O’Halloran, a senior nurse and clinical coordinator from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, had successfully given CPR to a person who collapsed near the conference.
The man collapsed on a bridge near Pacific Quay on Tuesday not far from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Ms O’Halloran was attending the RCN annual conference in Glasgow as an exhibitor in relation to her role overseeing a community intravenous antibiotic service.
She said she spotted the patient lying on his back on Bell’s Bridge at around 6.30am while outside her hotel.
“He was in a poorly condition, struggling to breathe and not very responsive,” she said in the congress daily bulletin on Wednesday.
“I just did what any other nurse at this congress would do in a similar situation,” she added, noting that she had never needed to provide emergency care before.
The news of the incident was greeted with applause by congress delegates in the main hall.
As revealed by Nursing Times, a similar incident happened at last year’s conference: