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Donation a breath of fresh air

Saturday, 14th March, 2015

RFDS Doctor Jared Kilday demonstrates a new $10,000 piece of equipment donated by the Broken Hill Democratic Club as (from left) club director Coral Ford, Vice President Laurie Camilleri, staff member Jodie Owers and flight nurse Amy Parkinson look on. PICTURE: Erica Visser RFDS Doctor Jared Kilday demonstrates a new $10,000 piece of equipment donated by the Broken Hill Democratic Club as (from left) club director Coral Ford, Vice President Laurie Camilleri, staff member Jodie Owers and flight nurse Amy Parkinson look on. PICTURE: Erica Visser

By Erica Visser

Accessing patients’ airways in emergency situations will now be easier for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) after a $10,000 donation by the Broken Hill Democratic Club.

The local RFDS base used the money to buy a high-tech instrument, named the C-Mac Video Laryngoscope, which allows doctors to view the patient’s airways on a video screen while inserting a tube to provide oxygen.

It was a first for the local RFDS, which had formerly relied on a machine that did not have the video technology.

“When we go out and do primary retrievals you’re in the dirt, in the sun - everything is against you,” said Dr Jared Kilday. 

“We need the best help we can get.”

The donation was provided through Club Grants funding, a scheme that sees clubs voluntarily allocate funds to go back towards community projects.

Vice President of the Democratic Club, Laurie Camilleri, said the project was a worthy one, given the work RFDS does for the region.

“It’s a much-needed piece of equipment that the whole community can use if they need to,” he said.

The Democratic Club has a long-standing relationship with the RFDS, having helped its Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary with fundraisers, such as the annual ball, in the past.

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