What began as a regular first aid training course for the staff of Clubs Queensland last week soon proved life-saving in the truest sense.
Rose Edgar was travelling to work on the train the morning after completing a course with the Australian Lifesaving Academy Queensland when her skills were called upon.
“An unfortunate incident for one of my fellow train travellers necessitated me to jump into action and put my recently-honed first aid learning into action,” Rose said.
A young business man of about 36 years of age had suddenly dropped to the floor, motionless.
“I saw this happen and without hesitation jumped from my seat and arrived speedily at his side to determine the nature of the situation and how best I could help him.”
With the patient breathing but unconscious, Rose placed him in the recovery position and asked another passenger to press the Emergency Button. She then continued to check his mouth for any obstruction.
“His mouth was clamped together fairly tightly so I’m not sure if he had fainted or if it was a slight seizure,” Rose said.
“Another lady said he had hit his head hard on a chrome bar when he fell to the ground. After a while he stirred so I asked him his name and whether he was diabetic or took any medication? He said no. I ensured he remained in the recovery position on the floor until the train drew into Northgate. I left him in good hands and arrived at my work.
“I can’t believe how quickly I responded and without any hesitation. It was the great training that undoubtedly enabled me to attend the incident on the train.”
In recognition of her quick-thinking actions, Rose was presented an award by ALAQ chief training officer Anthony Cassone in a special presentation at Surf Rescue House yesterday morning.
To book a First Aid & CPR course for your workplace, visit lifesaving.com.au/academy