Training is worth it to save a life

If a medical emergency played out before you, would you know what to do?

What about if you were passing by and spotted an emergency playing out, would you stop and help or would you even know how?

Our paramedics do brilliant work but they often need a hand from members of the public during the time it takes for them to arrive.

We all hope we'll never come across a situation where our skills - or lack of them - are relied upon during those crucial few minutes before help arrives.

Local woman Mel Dohnt was driving by the Port Lincoln golf course when she spotted an emergency situation. 

Thankfully she stopped to help, putting her CPR training into practice.

And her efforts no doubt helped save a man’s life. 

The story might be a good push in the right direction for people who might have let their CPR and first aid lapse.

For those who don’t have it it highlights how important this training can be. 

Paramedic Toni Ford also says in the story on page five of today’s paper, that early CPR and use of an AED is key in the chain of survival. 

The Port Lincoln Times has done stories before on the installation of AEDs and inquired with SA Ambulance earlier this year about whether or not a public register for the devices could be provided.

SA Ambulance said at the time just two AEDs were registered and while they had access to where the lifesaving devices are located they did not provide that information publicly. 

However a local organisation, My EP, is changing that and is putting together its own register of AEDs in Port Lincoln.

Coincidentally, an overseas traveller, who also happened to be a doctor, contacted the Times this week to say how impressed she was about the number of AEDs around the city.

While it is not something we need to consider everyday, it is important to know where to access an AED in an emergency.

Providing information on how to use the devices is also critical because AEDs are no use unless people have the confidence to use them.

Information, like that being offered at the Port Lincoln Gold Club on February 20, is a chance for local people to gain the confidence to be able to help someone in an emergency – it could even save a life.