Defribillator donated to Vanuatu community
A community in Vanuatu now has a much-needed defribillator which was handed over to a grateful Lester Evans, the Northern Healthcare District Regional Resource Coordinator by Lyn Cox during the latest aid mission to the region.
We are in the business of saving lives locally but now our helicopter rescue service has played a vital role saving lives overseas too.
The rescue helicopter has donated a Heart Start Defibrillator it no longer needs to the Northern Provincial Hospital in Santo, Vanuatu.
This Heart Start Defibrillator has been a vital piece of equipment on the Maroochydore and Bundaberg based helicopters for many years.
"When it was purchased 13 years ago it was state of the art equipment but it no longer suits the medical techniques being used by doctors and paramedics in Australia and has been replaced by other equipment on our helicopters," explained David Donaldson.
"We're unable to use it any longer and we're pleased to see this equipment go to someone who can make full use of it."
Flight Paramedic Dave Ellaby has coordinated the donation with charity group Global Mission Partners who took the defibrillator to Vanuatu.
"I often go over and donate my time and medical skills, they're really stretched for resources and they're always so grateful for any help, it's great that the chopper can help too," Dave said.
The Northern Provincial Hospital has been surviving with just one defibrillator and the advantage of receiving a second of the same model means staff are already trained and qualified in its use and maintenance.
"This is going to be fantastic for them because at the moment when their ambulance is out the defibrillator goes with it and the hospital doesn't have one.
"The same thing happens when it is needed in the operating theatre, it means the emergency department goes without," intensive care paramedic Dave Ellaby said.
"We rely on community donations to support our operations, so to give to someone else who is also in the business of saving lives is really satisfying," said David Donaldson.