Donation a breath of fresh air
Saturday, 14th March, 2015
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.