Clubs at heart of health care
DEFIBRILLATORS often bring to mind dramatic scenes of doctors yelling “clear” as electric pulses of energy are charged into an unconscious body.
Six local sport and community clubs will reshape that cliche now that they have been given their own defibrillators through the Bendigo Bank supported Building Active Connected Communities (BACC).
The defibrillators are “idiotproof”, touch-activated, portable pouches that will coach the operator through the events. Instructions in real time explain how to apply the pads, activate and operate the defibrillator.
“You can’t hurt anyone. If you use it on someone who isn’t showing signs of cardiac arrest then it won’t work,” said Bendigo Bank branch manager Helen De Ross.
“It’s the best and safest in the market.”
Mossman Indoor Sports Complex, Port Douglas Sports Complex, the Rugby Union Club, the Tennis Club, Port Douglas State School and Douglas Heat Basketball Club were the recipients of the lifesaving gadgets.
The groups attended a training session on Tuesday evening and were briefed on how to use their defibrillators.
Before the products were purchased the groups were consulted on whether they felt comfortable having and operating one.
Miss De Ross called it a “passion project” as she believed too many young lives were being lost that could be saved.
The defibrillators were purchased off a Melbourne-based company called Defib for Life for $2800 each. The company’s founder lost her son after he went into cardiac arrest while playing AFL.
She believed that if a defibrillator had been present her son might have survived.
“A lot of people don’t realise that defibrillators are mostly used on young people who do a lot of exercise or physically straining activities,” said Miss De Ross.
“Everyone knows that they’re there to be used if they need to. Hopefully they don’t.”
The Port Douglas Queensland Ambulance Service will be provided with a database where all the defibrillators can be found.
Founders of Taste Port Douglas Reina and Spencer Patrick with TV chef Adrian Richardson.
Local sport and community groups attended a defibrillator training session on Tuesday night.