St John paramedics welcome 'Joe Bloggs'

Mannequin brings new level of realism

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 11:38 30/05/2014
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GETTING TO GRIPS: Learning how to use "Joe Bloggs" the training mannequins are, from left, St John South Island manager James McMeekin, James McMeekin, Canterbury Community Trust trustee Rosemary Wells, Marlborough St John chairman Rod Hill, and Marlborough territory manager Murray Neal.

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State of the art paramedic training is under way at Marlborough St John, which yesterday officially welcomed "Joe Bloggs", its new training mannequin.

The mannequin can scream, bleed, and even throw up in a graphically realistic way.

The mannequin's cost of $29,000 was funded by grants from the Canterbury Community Trust, the Pelorus Trust, and the Marlborough District Council. It was formally presented to St John yesterday by Canterbury Community Trust trustee Rosemary Wells.

Marlborough territory manager Murray Neal said the mannequin was "key kit" for the organisation. It could provide both easy training for the new volunteer and really difficult training for the most skilled paramedic.

Wells said everyone in Marlborough had seen St John staff and volunteers at work, and it was vital to the community.

Neal said without the trust's contribution, and those from other organisations, training kit it had wouldn't exist.

"The service to the community and quality of our medics would be reduced without it ... It's critical support and we thank you very much for it."

NZ First leader Winston Peters, in Blenheim yesterday, visited St John in Seymour St, where he met paramedics and was shown the training mannequin.

Peters was in a good mood and was interested in the work done by the St John staff.

However, he declined to give the mannequin mouth to mouth resuscitation.

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- The Marlborough Express

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