A LAWYER was saved by a trainee paramedic after he collapsed in a courtroom in Waigani last week.
Health Extension Officer Rachael Pyokol, based at the new St. John Ambulance clinic in the court premises, revived the lawyer (unnamed) in the courtroom.
“When I rushed to the room, I found the lawyer lying on the floor. By then he was cold and pale and I couldn’t feel his pulse,” she said.
She called the St John Ambulance and told them about a possible cardiac arrest emergency case.
“I tried CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the lawyer but it didn’t work,” she said.
“When I put the automated external defibrillator pads on, the mode on the machine advised me to shock the patient. I shocked the patient three times together with CPR.
“Such situations are difficult for us paramedics but I continued and finally on the third attempt he gasped for air.”
The clinic was officially opened yesterday by Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika who said it was important to have it in the premises.
“We have had issues where lawyers get into stressful conditions that should be treated and also people in the premises that are affected by stress,” Sir Gibbs said.
The St John Ambulance clinic is an initiative of the judiciary as part of their response to Covid-19.
The clinic has begun its first aid service on June 2 treating staff and lawyers at the court house.
Source: The National
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