Asthma fam­i­lies’ ambo plea

The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION -

Lives could have been saved dur­ing a deadly thun­der­storm asthma event in Mel­bourne if peo­ple had been given ac­cu­rate am­bu­lance ar­rival times, vic­tims’ fam­i­lies say.

Seven men and three women died dur­ing or soon af­ter the storm hit Mel­bourne on No­vem­ber 21, 2016. A com­bi­na­tion of high pollen lev­els, strong winds, hot tem­per­a­tures, air mois­ture and a cold front trig­gered se­vere asthma at­tacks and an un­prece­dented surge in de­mand for am­bu­lances.

Rel­a­tives of elec­tri­cal fit­ter Priyan­tha Peiris said bet­ter es­ti­mated am­bu­lance ar­rival times could have saved lives.

The 57-year-old man died at the North­ern Hos­pi­tal in Ep­ping on No­vem­ber 29, eight days af­ter the storm hit the city. His wife could have taken him to the near­est doc­tor, just two min­utes away, if she had been given ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, fam­ily said, but in­stead waited for an am­bu­lance.

The com­ments came as Coro­ner Paresa Spanos said she ac­cepted changes had been made to am­bu­lance scripts for times of high de­mand, but more could be done. She also called for more re­search into the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal and aer­o­bi­o­log­i­cal fac­tors that caused thun­der­storm asthma.

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