Council wardens come to aid of man with suspected hypothermia - The Rugby Observer

Council wardens come to aid of man with suspected hypothermia

‘QUICK-thinking’ Rugby council wardens have saved a man they found huddled up in freezing nighttime conditions suffering from suspected hypothermia.

The community wardens spotted a man in his 60s hunched up in a ball outside the entrance to the car park in Railway Terrace during a routine patrol.

With the temperature below freezing, the wardens suspected the man – who was unresponsive – was suffering from hypothermia and quickly wrapped him in a foil blanket.

The man was soon able to tell the wardens his name and the fact he was a type 2 diabetic.

An ambulance was called and the man was taken to the wardens’ van to warm up.

The man was soon able to tell the wardens where he lived, so one of the wardens took him home while the other stayed at the scene to wait for the ambulance.

Once home, the warden was able to help the man test his blood sugar level, which was high.

Within the hour, the ambulance arrived having been redirected from Railway Terrace, and paramedics treated the man before the wardens left.

The wardens returned to the man’s home days later to check on his welfare, and found he had made a full recovery.

The leader of Rugby Borough Council praised the wardens for coming to the man’s aid.

Coun Derek Poole, also the council’s regulation and safety spokesman, said: “The wardens’ quick-thinking and first aid training meant a man at considerable risk in freezing cold temperatures was treated at the scene before being returned home safely – a happy ending to what could have been a serious incident.

“Our team of community wardens patrol streets and open spaces from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, working in partnership with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

The council’s community wardens deal with noise complaints, graffiti, fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour, issue crime prevention advice, and deliver door alarms to vulnerable residents. The wardens can be called on 0800 096 8800.

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