Sports groups learn to use new defibrillator
MUNDUBBERA paramedic Shannon Eastcott recently instructed representatives of the many Archer Park sporting groups on the use of the defibrillator donated by Community Enterprise Foundation (the charitable arm of Bendigo Bank).
Mundubbera’s defibrillator was acquired under the Defib Your Club, For Life! scheme andwas the first one issued in Queensland, under a national scheme to have defibrillators widely available.
Mrs Eastcott showed how easy the device was to oper- ate.
“The prompts given by the defibrillator are very specific,” she said.
Before delivering a shock to a person whose heart has stopped beating, it is important that:
■ No-one is touching the patient ■ There are no explosives nearby, eg oxygen
■ The patient is dry
■ There is no movement
“Once these are checked, deliver the shock by pressing the button,” Mrs Eastcott said.
“It’s then okay to do compressions – the defibrillator will reanalyse.
“So many people stop doing CPR when they see the ambulance arrive – I urge people to continue until the paramedic is ready to take over.”
As it has a long-life battery, no power is required to operate the defibrillator, which will be stored at Archer Park.
LEARNING HOW TO SHOCK: Paramedic Shannon Eastcott recently instructed representatives of Mundubbera sporting clubs in the use of the defibrillator, which was donated by the Community Enterprise Foundation and housed at the Archer Park community centre.