Bright opp shop aids life savers
PARAMEDICS in the Ovens and Kiewa valleys will now be able to better maintain their skills to treat cardiac arrests and provide close to real-life training for others with new first aid dummies.
Ambulance stations in Bright, Mt Beauty and Myrtleford have recently obtained the newest CPR and defibrillation mannequin’s courtesy of the Bright Op Shop.
Bright paramedic Mark Frost said ambulance stations across the state would soon be equipped with the dummies.
“These new mannequins have an airway head which means we can practice the interventions that we do on patients in terms of airway management,” he said.
“It provides feedback so that we can assess during the training and later can also review with it.”
The Bright Op Shop donated almost $17,000 to purchase the three mannequins which Mr Frost said would greatly benefit paramedics with their own training and be a better teaching tool for the public.
“Because we don’t see as many cardiac arrests as we used to we now rely on the fact that we have to do more practice in scenario environments with mannequins to maintain our skills,” he said.
“The more realistic the scenario and the training is the better performed we are when we’re called upon.
“These mannequins are a huge step up from the old ones, doing chest compressions on these is very similar to doing them on a real person.”
The Bright Op Shop contrib- uted $104,715 to health service providers and emergency agencies in the Alpine Shire and North East this past financial year.
Among that, $33,742 was used to purchase new equipment for Alpine Health in Bright, $25,000 was donated to the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre and $22,000 helped Bright SES to upgrade one of their vehicles.
LIFE SAVING: Paramedics Mark Frost and Gareth Graham thanked Op Shop volunteers Lois Matthews, Dave Price and Fay Williams for their donation.