Life-like doll helps ambos
A DOLL so life-like it vomits and has a heart rhythm was presented to paramedics at Maryborough on Friday night.
The Mega Code Kid was paid for by the Local Ambulance Committee, supported by donations from local community groups.
LAC president Susan Longland said the child-size mannequin would be used for paramedics in training.
“The best way to practise for scenarios is to have a victim there to work on – this doll is the victim,” she said.
“Officers and students can practise their resuscitation on it. They can defibrillate it, intubate it and perform CPR on it.
“It can moan and vomit and even has a heart rhythm.”
Training textbooks were also presented to the paramedics.
Ms Longland said the LAC provided “extras” that were not covered by the government.
“We buy training aids and textbooks, send paramedics on conferences and buy equipment,” she said.
But it can only happen with money and that comes from many different businesses and community organisations that make donations to the LAC.
Those people were recognised on Friday night with a celebratory soup night at the Maryborough Ambulance Station.
“This is to thank those people who have supported the Local Ambulance Committee over the past 12 months,” Ms Longland said.