It is not the kind of machinery one would hope to have to use, but members of the Caloundra Mallet Sports Club were thankful to have a new state-of-the-art Defibrillator handed over to them recently.
It came as State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle presented the Caloundra Mallet Sports Club with a Defibrillator and announced that 20 members of the Club would take part in a special training day to learn to use the machine.
“It has taken some time to organise but I was very happy to hand it to the club President, Sue Bertram.” Mr McArdle said.
“Today’s defibrillators are small, easy to use and they can help keep someone alive while the paramedics are on their way.” Mr McArdle said.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to check a person’s heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest in which a person’s heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
President of the Caloundra Mallet Club Sue Bertram said that the Defibrillator would offer important peace of mind to everyone who uses the croquet courts and the clubhouse.
“We take every precaution to ensure our members are as safe as possible while playing but with the heat conditions that we experience here in Queensland it is comforting to know that we now have the extra security of the Defib.” Mrs Bertram said.
“Croquet is a very sociable game and an important community connection for many people. We are grateful that now people who might not feel comfortable out know that they have the added safety.”
“Mr McArdle has been the patron of the Mallet Sports Club for 7 years now and this is just another example of how thoroughly he supports what we do.”
In July, 20 members will undertake a half day of training on how to use the Defibrillator with the plan to have at least one trained person on the grounds at any given time.
Mr McArdle said that the machine installed at the Club was a “Lifeline View Defibrillator” which is the only unit on the market with a full-colour, interactive screen.
“I suspect in the past Defibrillators seemed intimidating and people shied away from learning to use them. But this Defibrillator is simple as the user is guided through each step with visual instructions.” Mr McArdle said.
“With the added training I know that we will have a confident group at the Club who will be qualified to and help if circumstances arise.”
“Much like an insurance policy, the members can take comfort in having the Defib available, and with a bit of luck it will never need to be used.” Mr McArdle said.
The Caloundra Mallet Sports Club was founded in 1958, the last forty or so years on the current site now hosting four disciplines of the game of croquet: Association, Ricochet, Golf and Gateball. The Clubhouse is also host to other community groups such as Mahjong.