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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019



The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NEWS 15 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA UNTOLD STORIES OF AUSTRALIAS TOUGHEST FIRST RESPONDERS tempted to calm Ida as she cried all the way on the short trip to Alice Springs Hospital. Ida, relax your head, relax, Amy coaxed her. Were going to give you something more for your pain. Relax down, relax your head down. Well done. Good lady. Ida sobbed loudly in pain and agitation, despite paramedics increasing doses of the potent analgesia. Relax your head Ida. Youre doing very well, a comforting Amy continued. We want to help you. Were giving you something for your pain. Breathe in, breathe out. Something terrible has happened but youre OK. Were here to help you. Relax your head down. We know youre in pain. Here, put your arm down here. The ambulance stopped and Ida was whisked into Bay 1 of the Emergency Department and the waiting doctors and nurses. The curtains drawn, Caitlin began debriefing the hospital team. This lady was found on South Terrace by a passer-by who believed shed been hit by a car, she explained. On arrival she was responding but then stopped responding. On our arrival we found significant bleeding to the head and diminished air entry to the lungs. However, it was Doing a job that needs to be done KRISTIN SHORTEN always debrief with him and hopefully he wont screen my calls. Caitlin is completing her Masters in advanced paramedicine and also works in the Alice Springs Emergency Department as a registered nurse on her days off from St John. Those jobs really complement each other, she said. I get the high acuity patients in there and I would be doing exactly the same thing as what they were doing but in their uniform so assisting with the airway, assisting with the ventilators. When I know the patients trajectory from working in ED I can predict which way its going to go and follow it up. Caitlin, whose partner is an Alice Springs detective, said she aspired to be like her mentor. I want to be a reflection of Paul, she said. If I can put in as much effort as he does and utilise my down time and days off and things like that hopefully one day, Ill be like that so thats my motivation. I have put in a lot of study and Ive done a lot of work trying to better myself. This is a career where you get out what you put in. I want to be that person that other paramedics know that they can call and rely on me if anything to reassure them and help them. Caitlin planned to stay for a year but fell in love with the desert towns unique demands hard to assess on the road. We currently have a pelvic binder in situ and we have two bandages on her forearms due to wounds exposed on both hands which are quite deep with lots of gravel. Amy then read out her blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels. The paramedics listed the drugs they had administered, then asked for any questions. Handover complete, the paramedics in their bloodied uniforms debriefed Paul. After every job they discuss what had worked, what hadnt and whether they should have done anything differently. Paul explained a little later that Idas injuries were incon sistent with a hit and run, despite being found on the road. He suspected her hand injuries were possibly defensive wounds suffered while protecting her face and head from being hit with a sharp object. A week earlier, Ida had been treated at the ED for stab wounds. The next day the road remained closed. It was a crime scene and that evening Northern Territory Police Media released a statement appealing to the public for information. NT Police have since told the NT News they charged a 44year-old man with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of armed with an offensive weapon. The man, who has a long history of family violence, most recently faced the Alice Springs Domestic Violence Court via video link on January 17. Police successfully secured domestic violence orders to protect Ida and the man was remanded in custody. The case was back in Alice Springs court on January 24 and then again on February 7. THEY do things differently in the Northern Territory. Emergency road ambulance and patient transport services are delivered by St John NT under contract to the NT Government. St John NT deploys highlyskilled paramedics, intensive care paramedics and patient transport officers to respond to emergency and urgent calls. St John NT also operates two triple-0 call centres. St John NT, a charitable not-for-profit organisation, privately runs the ambulance services in the NT. St John also operates the ambulance service in Western Australia and New Zealand. In other states and jurisdictions, ambulance services are government run. St John NT provides a free ambulance service for pensioners and low-income earners. For others, the cost of an emergency ambulance is based on a call-out fee and a per kilometre fee. But those with an $85 annual subscription have access to unlimited free emergency ambulance transport. Some private health fund policies also include ambulance cover. St John NT also provides a myriad of services within the community, including the provision of first aid support at major community events right across the NT through its volunteers programs as well as first aid training courses. It also provides free education in first aid and free First Aid in Schools programs. Caitlin Little in Alice Springs Picture: ACU