De­fib­ril­la­tor re­ceived for sav­ing lives

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

CALOUN­DRA Bulk Billing Surgery re­cently rushed to the aid of two women and dis­cov­ered the need for an ac­ces­si­ble de­fib­ril­la­tor.

The surgery’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vi­vianne Dawal­ibi said the first in­ci­dent was a lady who col­lapsed out front of the prac­tise.

“A doc­tor on my nurs­ing team rushed to help.

“They did CPR on the street and re­vived the per­son un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived,” she said.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter Ms Dawal­ibi said a woman about 75-years-old was sit­ting out­side the prac­tise when one of the staff no­ticed she looked un­well.

“The lady couldn’t walk so a nurse helped her on a wheel­chair and took her in­side.

“Then the lady stopped breath­ing. The whole team came to­gether and got her from the wheel­chair to the floor to per­form CPR. It was strong CPR, and un­for­tu­nately her ribs cracked, but that’s when she started breath­ing again,” said Ms Dawal­ibi.

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor said if the clinic had a de­fib­ril­la­tor ma­chine it would be “much eas­ier and with­out any bro­ken ribs.”

Due to the much needed equip­ment Price­line Caloun­dra, Star Dis­count Chemist Caloun­dra and Star Dis­count Chemist Golden Beach have do­nated a de­fib­ril­la­tor to the surgery on Bul­cock St.

The ma­chine is de­signed for chil­dren and adults need­ing emer­gency re­sus­ci­ta­tion un­til trans­ferred to hos­pi­tal.

“We are proud to sup­port the health of the Caloun­dra com­mu­nity and hope that this de­vice will as­sist in sav­ing lives,” said Price­line Caloun­dra phar­ma­cist man­ager Ed­die Yau.


DO­NA­TION: Justin With­ers, Ed­die Yau, Vi­vianne Dawal­ibi, Lien Ly, Jaimee White, and Camilla Plumb have come to­gether for the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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