New Resusci Anne lifts CPR performance

SES Deputy Local Controller Luke Harding with the new Resusci Anne that rates CPR performance
SES Deputy Local Controller Luke Harding practising CPR on the new Resusci Anne manikin.

Bundaberg State Emergency Service Unit now has access to a new and improved Resusci Anne manikin, a vital tool to teach volunteers the life-saving skill of CPR.

The unit was able to purchase the new manikin after receiving a grant through Gambling Community Relief Benefit Fund round 99.

SES Deputy Local Controller Luke Harding said this Resusci Anne manikin model had new technology to inform participants about their skills and was able to highlight areas that need improvement.

“This model is computer monitored and you can actually tell the depth of compressions and how much you need to release as well as how deep each breath is,” Luke said.

“It will give heart rates and pulse and help people to work out how to perform CPR correctly.”

Luke said learning to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation properly could change the outcome of an emergency situation.

New Resusci Anne rates your CPR

Luke said he was shocked by his own CPR results and wouldn’t have known he wasn’t performing CPR correctly without the new model Resusci Anne.

“The computer will record all of the compressions and how fast they are done over two minutes and give you a score out of 100,” Luke said.

“100 per cent is the best and when I used this new model I was given a score of 35 and I have been doing CPR and first aid since the late 80s.

“So now I know where I need to improve to make sure it’s done correctly.

“The more you practice the better you will be and this is great because it guides you telling you the areas you need to improve in.”

Mayor Jack Dempsey said he was pleased to attend the official handover of the new Resusci Anne.

“When seconds mean the difference between life and death it’s great that our local State Emergency Service unit has this piece of kit to assist in training,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“It’s always fantastic to catch up with our orange angels and thank them for their service to the community.

“We always need more volunteers right across the region so I encourage anyone with the capacity to help to consider donating their time to the SES.”

How did Resusci Anne start?

One of the major developments in first aid training was the introduction of a lifelike manikin, enabling students to realistically learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR.

Resusci Anne was introduced during 1960. Since her humble beginning, Resusci Anne has now become the premier first-aid training aid for CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Luke said he was grateful for the grant that would now allow about 300 SES members in the North Coast Region, and other volunteers in organisations such as Queensland Rural Fire Service, to learn CPR on the new Resusci Anne.

The SES is always looking for volunteers, if you'd like to find out how to become a member click here.

  • LifeFlight sets new record for Bundaberg missions