South Narrabeen Lifesavers Receive Rescue of the Month

Lifesavers from South Narrabeen SLSC have been awarded the Surf Life Saving NSW Rescue of the Month for February 2014 after saving the life of a woman who was stung by a bluebottle.

On Sunday 9 February at about 1.00pm, South Narrabeen SLSC members Peter Madden (Patrol Captain), Angie Thorpe, Jacinta Paquay, Chris Gale and Sean Coutts were on patrol when a member of the public approached them with a suspected blue bottle sting to her left leg.

The patient advised that she had a known allergy to blue bottles and she was relocated to the first aid room for further assessment, monitoring and oxygen therapy. Within five minutes, the patient’s condition began to deteriorate as she lost colour and was complaining of feeling unwell. At this point the patient declined an ambulance however one was requested as a precaution. Sydney Northern Beaches Duty Officer Rohan Fisher arrived on scene to assist.

During this time, the patrol discovered that the patient had a history of severe allergic reactions to stings and was not carrying medication in the form of an EpiPen. Lifesaver Chris immediately left the first aid room to retrieve his son’s EpiPen from his home nearby. The patient’s condition worsened rapidly, with her throat swelling causing her to stop breathing and she lost consciousness.

At this point, lifesavers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for two cycles, a defibrillator was applied and Warringah Council Lifeguard Brad Young joined to assist. As Chris arrived back with the EpiPen, the defibrillator had started analysing and SurfCom was updated. Epinephrine was administered using the EpiPen and within seven seconds, the patient regained consciousness and began breathing without assistance. Oxygen therapy was applied and the patient was transported to Mona Vale hospital in a conscious and stable condition, 49 minutes after the first assessment.

The outcome of this first aid incident was successful due to the training, initiative and quality treatment administered by the South Narrabeen lifesavers.

The SLSNSW Rescue of the Month aims to recognise excellence in lifesaving. Each month a ‘Rescue of the Month’ is awarded at both Branch and State level for the most outstanding rescue performance for that period. Monthly winners become finalists for the SLSNSW Rescue of the Year which is presented at the annual Awards of Excellence.

Rescue of the Month recipients at state level receive a $400 Surf Store credit, a pair of waterproof binoculars, a plaque and a framed citation.

For official citations and past recipients please visit the Rescue of the Month Recognition Page.

Fri 21 Mar 2014