Learn how to save a life

LifeFlight regional medical educator Leah Harrison is visiting Gatton to teach locals what to do in a medical emergency before help arrives. Pictures: LIFEFLIGHT

LifeFlight’s First Minutes Matter course is coming to Gatton on Tuesday, 11 June.

The free program is being offered across the Darling Downs and Southwest Region by LifeFlight regional medical educator Leah Harrison.

Ms Harrison lives locally In Toowoomba and has over 20 years’ experience as an emergency department nurse and clinical educator.

She understands how valuable it is for people to know what they can do in a medical emergency before help arrives.

“The most important benefit of this program is being able to help people in the first stages of their accident or medical emergency,” Ms Harrison said.

“It is important for all people to know skills that can save a life in the minutes when people are waiting for specialist care to arrive for two reasons; firstly, no one should have to face the situation where they are the first family member or bystander in an incident, and not know how to help and secondly, because these skills will save lives and improve patients outcomes.

“These skills are especially vital in the rural community where road and farming accidents are more common.

“When people live in regional areas and smaller towns it means that a medical response can be further away and take longer than in more built-up areas, so it’s crucial that they have the skills to safely manage a medical emergency before official help arrives.”

For over 40 years, LifeFlight has been saving lives.

Their expertly trained aeromedical critical care doctors and flight paramedics bring emergency, lifesaving medical treatment to seriously ill and injured Queenslanders.

Their purpose has always been the same, to save lives and support Queenslanders during their time of need.

LifeFlight is proud to bring its First Minutes Matter (FMM) program to the Gatton community.

Developed by LifeFlight emergency medicine specialist, the aim of FMM is to ensure everyone has access to free trauma training.

People who do the course are better equipped with life-saving skills that can help make a difference before emergency responders arrive.

The skills people learn in the course could mean the difference between life and death in a medical emergency.

FMM is a hands-on, easy-to-follow training program where participants can practise what to do at an accident scene.

The course covers what to do straight after a burn or bleed, a snake bite and choking and how to recognise stroke symptoms, seizure management and CPR.

People who have completed the course have said they love the practical and easy to follow information.

They’ve walked away feeling confident that they could carry out the skills if they needed to.

“I feel more confident that I would know what to do if my grandchild was choking or had a seizure,” one grandparent said.

“I spend a lot of time travelling on the road and feel like I could assist more at an accident if need be,” another participant said.

The Gatton session will be at the Cahill Park Sports Complex at 64 Buaraba Street on 11 June from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

There is also an online version of the course if you are unable to make the day.

Participants can register for the face-to-face session or the online course at firstminutesmatter.org.au

Enquiries can be made by emailing firstminutesmatter@lifeflight.org.au