Congratulations to Michael Hallam, Noah Kaplan, Eddy
Cavanagh, Ronny Krite and Simon Smith for being awarded the October Sydney Branch Rescue of the Month.
On Monday 3 October at 11am, Michael Hallam (PC – Nightingale) noticed a surfer fall off and hit their head on anothersurf board.
Michael immediately tasked Noah out on a board to assist the patient. While Noah was paddling out we noticed a surfer grabbed the patient and started violently waving and calling out for help. The patient was underwater and had lost consciousness, the surfer was struggling to keep the patient up. Eddy Cavanagh started heading out as well, he helped Noah get the unconscious patient onto the board and Noah started paddling in, he was struggling initially, and then was able to catch a wave into the beach.
Simon and a lifeguard carried the patient out of the water and onto dry sand, they started chest compressions after determining the patient had no pulse or respiration. Ronny arrived as the patient started shallow breathing. They started ventilation with the BVM, Ronny ensuring a good seal and Simon was timing to the patients shallow breathing to ensure that the maximum amount of oxygen could get into the lungs.
After a few minutes we noticed the patient’s eyes become clearer and he started regaining consciousness.
Ronny managed the airway of the patient for the duration of the incident, ensuring the airway was cleared and working in collaboration with the lifeguards to continue with treatment as the scenario unfolded.
The patient left in the ambulance, stable and conscious.
We have subsequently seen the patient and he has had a full recover with no residual problems.
Amazing work team!