Giv­ing a les­son on how to save a life

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

GE­ORGE Hoath was sit­ting at Jandowae Bowls Club one night, en­joy­ing a post-work beer, when a story on the news caught his at­ten­tion.

A man had died sud­denly but the death could have been avoided if a de­fib­ril­la­tor had been close at hand.

Des­per­ate not to have the same thing hap­pen in Jandowae, Mr Hoath said it was time to take some ac­tion.

With plenty of help from the com­mu­nity, Mr Hoath bought a por­ta­ble de­fib­ril­la­tor de­signed to be used by the town in case of emer­gen­cies.

About 35 town mem­bers gathered at Jandowae Bowls Club last Fri­day night for a demon­stra­tion on how to use the de­fib­ril­la­tor, thanks to Of­fi­cer in Charge, para­medic Tony Stout.

“It’s to let the com­mu­nity know how to work the ma­chine,” Mr Stout said.

“It’s an older pop­u­la­tion and there’s cer­tainly a propen­sity for pa­tients to be­come un­con­scious for what­ever rea­son.”

Along­side a demon­stra­tion on how to op­er­ate the au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor, Mr Stout also talked about CPR aware­ness, how to give CPR, and par­tic­u­larly urged locals to call triple zero as soon as an in­ci­dent oc­curred.


SAV­ING LIVES: Tony Stout (cen­tre) gives Leon Druce and Ge­orge Hoath a les­son on CPR.

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