Breathe easy - our region's medics are the nation's best

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014

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Resuscitation team instructors at Wairau and Nelson Hospitals are the best in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council presented the instructors with the national Duncan Galletly Cup in Queenstown last week.

The Wairau team included Michelle Udy, Dr Andrew Morgan, Dr Stuart Watchman, Mike McNabb, and from Nelson Dr Chris Abbott, Scott Hunter, Natalie Gallagher, Sally Tollafield, Rosie Whittaker and Dr Clive Garlick.

Dr Duncan Galletly was chair of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council until 2006, and was instrumental in standardising resuscitation programmes for health professionals across the country. His cup is given out biennially based on feedback from people who participate in resuscitation courses.

It is a requirement for doctors and nurses working in hospitals to regularly refresh their qualifications in advanced resuscitation.

Council chair Dr Richard Aickin said feedback about the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's team had demonstrated that they had the highest degree of professionalism and commitment out of all New Zealand groups.

Udy, who is a registered nurse working in the intensive care unit at Wairau Hospital, said cardiac arrest was perhaps the most stressful situation in medicine, and simulation training helped to ease that stress.

"We deliver four [certificate of resuscitation and emergency care] courses a year based on resuscitation and trauma skills and include simulated scenarios which are practised as real-life situations that emergency staff could face at any time."

Abbot, a Nelson hospital emergency specialist, said resuscitation council courses were taught throughout the year. They included skill stations and simulations involving adults and children.

"Over the last 10 years we have successfully put through the training all emergency department, intensive care unit, radiology nurses and many ward nurses, all house surgeons, trainee interns, and many senior doctors, including GPs."

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- The Marlborough Express

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