Nurse Deborah Miller is part of a new medical service complementing the Queensland Ambulance Service in the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Nurse Deborah Miller is part of a new medical service complementing the Queensland Ambulance Service in the Wide Bay Burnett region. Mike Knott

Paramedic to take burden off ambos

PARAMEDIC Chris Iseppi is introducing a new medical service set to help the Queensland Ambulance Service.

It will not take QAS business but cover events the ambulance service is unable to.

Mr Iseppi is starting the service after gaining 20 years' experience.

Mr Iseppi and nurse Deborah Miller have purchased a fully equipped ambulance.

“We do not do emergency work; we leave that to the front-line ambulances. We will do the tasks that will free up the QAS for more important work,” he said.

“I know what it's like when push comes to shove.”

Mr Iseppi said once at events, the ambulance would not leave the site.

“We will look after patients, we won't transfer them. We will wait until the paramedics arrive and we would do a professional takeover, then they will transport them to hospital,” he said.

“If a patient's condition was to decline rapidly we have all the gear on board.

“We can keep patients viable while the ambulance arrives.”

The service will also offer first-aid training and non-emergency patient transfers.

Mr Iseppi said everyone who worked with the ambulance service must be registered with AREMT.

“They must do professional development courses to keep their skills sharp,” he said.

Mr Iseppi said the service would be offered at an affordable cost.



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