Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Ride-Along an Eye Opener; Part 2 of NewsMail Reporter ASHLEY CLARK's Experience with Bundy's Ambos

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Ride-Along an Eye Opener; Part 2 of NewsMail Reporter ASHLEY CLARK's Experience with Bundy's Ambos

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IT WAS Monday morning and I was up with the sun, getting ready to attend my second and last shift with Queensland Ambulance Service Bundaberg paramedics as part of Ambulance Week.

My first shift featured a seven-hour ride-along with critical care paramedic Roy Vanderberg while my second shift would focus more on travelling in the ambulance with a crew.

I was teamed up with clinical support officer Cameron Anderson and his offsider Jacob Jones and as I got to the station, we made our introductions.

"Hey, do you know CPR? Because we might get you to step in and give us a hand if we need it on a job today. Three pairs of hands are always better than two," Cameron said to me.

This was all getting very real.

As we made our way over to the ambulance we would be riding in for the day, both paramedics began checking off their supplies and gushing over the brand new power lift stretcher.

I was told that this stretcher was the very first of its kind at the station and would make lifting patients into the vehicles much easier due to its automated motions.

Our first job came in at 7.49am - comms radioed in to say the patient was having difficulty breathing and experiencing leg pain. We pulled up to the location, emergency vehicle lights flashing and butterflies in my stomach.

Cameron turned to me and said, "What one person says is breathing problems might be something else entirely. We have to go in with an open mind and be prepared for anything."

Both paramedics quickly grabbed their emergency kits from the vehicles and began assessing the patient. Before I knew it, the brand new stretcher was in use and we were travelling to the Bundaberg Hospital.

While Jacob drove, Cameron sat in the back of the ambulance with the patient, keeping an eye vital signs, collating information and making sure the patient was comfortable. …

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