SLSQ Life Member Tess Cramond passes away

SLSQ received some extremely sad news this week, with the passing of Life Member, Professor Tess Cramond AO OBE. Tess was an innovator in rescue and resuscitation techniques, a pioneer of Expired Air Resuscitation, and a genuine lifesaver in the truest sense of the word. As a member of the SLSA Medical Advisory Committee, Tess supervised the testing of expired air resuscitation on live volunteers at St Andrews Hospital in 1961. These incredible trials saw a number of brave surf lifesavers voluntarily placed under general anesthetic and kept alive using groundbreaking expired air resuscitation techniques. Her research and findings would go on to transform rescue services and dramatically lift the survival rates of patients rescued from the surf.

Tess was a founder of the Australian Resuscitation Council, received a Red Cross Distinguished Service Award, and has also been honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia and British Empire. In Queensland alone she served as a member and chairperson of the SLSQ Medical Advisory Committee, an advisor to the Helicopter Rescue Service, and a member of the Marine Stinger Committee. Her incredible contribution to the lifesaving movement saw her inducted as a Life Member of both Surf Life Saving Queensland and Surf Life Saving Australia. Our condolences and thoughts are with Tess’ family and friends during this time.

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