Clubs at heart of health care

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

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.

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

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.

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