Health Sciences

ACU students receive award for successful resuscitation of cardiac arrests

Three students currently studying the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Paramedicine at Australian Catholic University will be receiving national awards at the St John Ambulance Australia Annual General Meeting in April 2015. The students volunteer with St John Ambulance on weekends and have been involved in the successful resuscitation of two patients within the ACT.

Mr David Still will receive his award for successfully resuscitating a young male patient during a local triathlon. Mr Still was first on scene, engaging an off duty police officer to commence CPR whist he applied a defibrillator. One shock was administered by David resulting in the return of circulation a short time later. The patient has since made a full recovery and will assist in presenting the award to David.

Mr Evaane Chadwick and Mr Joshua Gould will receive their awards after resuscitating a middle aged man in the carpark of Canberra Stadium after a local football match. The patient received CPR and was defibrillated twice before having return of circulation. This patient also made a full recovery. Both these students will receive their awards with two other volunteer members of St John Ambulance who assisted in the 10 minute resuscitation effort.

We could not be prouder of these three students. The awards committee noted that without their efforts, both patients would have likely died or at the very best had significant morbidity. The literature suggests that your chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest is between 6% - 13%. These are the only two cardiac arrests for St John Ambulance ACT in 2014 /2015 (to date) - highlighting the significance of these outcomes.