Realistic Roger joins St John
Staff excited to have him
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.