Gin Gin sees medical milestone
GIN GIN has welcomed a new medical instrument - the first of its kind in Queensland.
The Medical Field Care Response Unit in Gin Gin have purchased a Lucas 2 chest compression system as the newest addition to their $80 000 setup.
The Lucas 2 cost the response unit $15,000, but ambulance officer Chris Iseppi said it was worth every cent.
"I need the best equipment that's available out there," Mr Iseppi said.
He said the convenient machine packed into a backpack for easy transport.
"This thing is brilliant - it's nothing short of brilliant," he said, demonstrating the new medical tool.
He said the Lucas 2 acted like another person and didn't require the ambulance officer to conduct manual chest compressions.
He said the fit of the medical instrument to a patient took less than a minute.
"I wish it was around when I started," he said.
Mr Iseppi said this allowed him to complete other vital tasks at an emergency scene.
"I'd like to see others catch on to this," he said.
"The WA ambulance have put them all of their ambulance. This is the first one in Queensland."
He said the machine only required half a day of training.
"It's not rocket science, it's a no brainer," he said.
The Gin Gin Medical Field Care Response Unit caters to mines, festivals, fetes and private functions.
But Mr Iseppi said the new top notch equipment would not have been his if it were not for his work at the mines.
"If I didn't work on a mine site, none of this would happen," he said.
"Everything I get I pay for out of my own back pocket."