Re­al­is­tic Roger joins St John

Staff ex­cited to have him

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Roger 2 might look like a large piece of prone plas­tic but he is a gen­uine cough­ing, vom­it­ing screamer prone to asthma at­tacks and car­diac ar­rest.

Hav­ing Roger 2 on their team has Wanaka St John Am­bu­lance staff and vol­un­teers very ex­cited about prac­tis­ing their re­sponses to se­ri­ous emer­gen­cies.

Sta­tion man­ager Don McMil­lan said that as well as hav­ing a ‘‘beat­ing heart’’ and ‘‘blood pres­sure’’, Roger 2’s ad­vanced air­way con­struc­tion pro­vided four ways for staff to prac­tise get­ting oxy­gen into the pa­tient.

‘‘Train­ing used to be re­ally hard be­cause we were us­ing what was, ef­fec­tively, a doll . . . But now we get an ac­tual read­ing as if it was a real per­son,’’ he said.

Roger 2 is also wired for sound, al­low­ing trainees to con­verse with spe­cial­ists ‘‘off base’’ while treat­ing him.

Wanaka St John has also re­ceived two Lifepak de­fib­ril­la­tors, which pro­vide ad­di­tional pa­tient mon­i­tor­ing fea­tures and ad­vanced support for treat­ing car­diac pa­tients.

Wanaka St John em­ploys three staff and should have four on the roster by the end of the year.

Vol­un­teers also support the paid of­fi­cers.

On av­er­age, Wanaka St John at­tends 90 calls a month with calls in­creas­ing to about 100 a month dur­ing sum­mer and win­ter and drop­ping to be­tween 60 and 80 dur­ing the shoul­der sea­sons, McMil­lan said.

The new equip­ment was pur­chased with do­na­tions and grants from in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Gra­ham & Olive West Char­i­ta­ble Trust, Up­per Clutha Emer­gency Ser­vices and Cen­tral Lakes Trust.

The manikin is avail­able for train­ing med­i­cal cen­tre staff and other emer­gency ser­vices.

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