Bright opp shop aids life savers

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

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