Sports groups learn to use new de­fib­ril­la­tor

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Sue Har­ris

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.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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