Emergency book to help paramedics
A TIME-SAVING booklet can mean the difference between life and death for some in Monto.
An emergency medical information booklet is available in the community to allow paramedics to be more time efficient when attending 000 calls.
Created in conjunction with the Monto Rotary Club and Ambulance Service, this booklet includes critical information ambulance officers might need in an emergency.
Advanced care paramedic Lindsay Baumann says the booklet has been around for a lot of years, but has been updated with more information.
"It's been a good book for mainly the elderly, so that when you go there, they have all the important information written down,” Mr Baumann said.
This information includes medications, medical history, allergies, conditions, and can be easily stuck on the fridge.
"Sometimes we arrive on the scene of these emergencies and people can be very confused about what is happening.
"But with this booklet, it can be a massive shortcut for us.”
Officer in charge Jamie McCracken concurs with this, saying it can save up to a half an hour in some circumstances.
"Often you'll go to these houses and if they don't have the booklet, they'll just hand you a bag that's chock-a-block full of tablets,” Mr McCracken said.
"But if you have the booklet there, it's time for us that we can spend helping others.”
The pair confessed that it has been essential in many situations over the past six years, with them using it in an emergency between 10-20 times.
"They're currently available at the doctor's surgery here for a gold coin donation, but we're planning on having them in the hospital and chemist too,” Mr Baumann said.
This time saving tool is not only for the elderly, but can be used for everyone.
"I believe everyone should have it, even younger people up to 50 year olds,” Mr McCracken said.
"Even 20 year olds with cardiac history or diabetes can benefit from having this booklet, as we'll be able to react better with the right info.”
If you're after your own copy of an emergency medical information booklet, you can pick one up from the Monto Family Practice for a gold coin donation.