Avery quiet week for Katikati ambulance crews with only 17 incidents recorded. In one 24 hour period, the crews were not dispatched to a single call. This is most unusual.
Sixteen of these calls were in the Katikati operational area and one in Tauranga. Thirteen patients required transport to Tauranga Hospital, two were treated at home, in one call the Katikati ambulance assisted a Tauranga crew, and one call was cancelled while the ambulance was en route.
These incidents comprised 11 medical calls and four trauma, with chest pains, stroke, breathing problems, and falls predominating.
Tauranga ambulance crews attended two calls in our area while our own crew was already committed to a patient.
Anote this week about our volunteer ambulance officers. It is probably not common knowledge that St John volunteers make a huge commitment in terms of time and training to attain the level of ambulance officer, so that they can serve their community.
When a volunteer initially joins St John they attend a number of observer shifts to familiarise themselveswith the procedures and the layout of the ambulance. Next, they gain several skills, such as patient handling, personal safety and ambulance driving, presented in modular fashion, in 1-2 day sessions. Finally, the volunteer completes online learning, then attends a First Responder course of four days duration, followed by post course work, and attains the NZQA qualification of First Responder.
This skill level then has to be maintained by formal clinical training on several occasions each year. Our ambulance officers are constantly training and learning.
If officers wish to enhance their skills further they can complete a two-year Emergency Medical Technician course to attain an Authority to Practice at that level.