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Cherbourg Council donates kits to CareFlight

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council has generously donated two vital medical kits to RACQ CareFlight Rescue to help save lives in the region.

The town, with just 1,200 residents, has donated close to $2,500 so CareFlight can purchase a lifesaving Cardiac Kit and Trauma Kit.

CareFlight’s Relationship Manager Angela Miles said the entire CareFlight team wished to recognise the vital support from Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council.

“Our rescue helicopters flew 30 missions to Cherbourg this past financial year,” she said.

“The Cardiac Kit and Trauma Kit purchased by the Council will equip our crews with the best possible tools to save more lives in the region.”

The Cardiac Kit contains seven lifesaving pieces of equipment including Metalyse - a drug to treat heart attacks by dissolving clots - which costs $1,250 per patient.

“The most common medical airlift is to treat and transport patients suffering cardiac conditions so the cardiac kit is much needed,” Angela said.

The Trauma Kit contains 12 pieces of equipment used to treat a wide range of trauma-related injuries, most commonly as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

“Around one in 10 of all missions is to provide critical care at the scene of serious motor vehicle accidents where this trauma kit will be vital,” Ms Miles said.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, CareFlight remains reliant on a small army of donors and the generosity of councils like Cherbourg to help fund vital purchases like these lifesaving kits.

“We can’t thank the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council enough for its generosity.

“This donation really will save lives.”

Visit www.careflight.org.au to donate and help CareFlight purchase more vital and lifesaving pieces of equipment like cardiac and trauma kits.