Community education by paramedic students
During May, Monash Paramedic students from the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice (DCEHPP) based at Peninsula campus were given the opportunity to teach hands-only CPR and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to members of the Edithvale Aspendale Netball Club. The event, organised by Paramedic Lecturer, Brian Haskins saw 9 students teach lifesaving skills to 30 members of the local netball club.
Brian Haskins, a PhD scholar researching the ‘Optimisation of 1st Responders for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests in Victoria’ with the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Pre-hospital Emergency Care Australia and New Zealand (PEC-ANZ), explained to the group the vital interventions bystanders can provide to give victims of cardiac arrest the best chances of survival. These interventions include recognition, calling 000, CPR and using a public access defibrillator.
Throughout the training, students demonstrated how to perform bystander CPR and explained the importance of pushing ‘hard and fast’ on the chest without stopping. The students also used simulation defibrillators on manikins and informed club members that all public access defibrillators have been designed for public use without training. Members of the public are able to turn them on and simply follow instructions.
The Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice (DCEHPP) would like to thank Edithvale Aspendale Netball Club for allowing our Paramedic students to share their knowledge and teach members and their families bystander CPR and AED use.