Jason Delfosse never expected he would use his paramedic training when working at his job as a landscaper but last week his knowledge and training paid off when he helped save a life.
Jason, who has almost finished his Certificate IV in Health Care with the Australian Paramedical College, was working at one of his regular job sites when he came across a man who appeared to be on the ground inspecting the bottom of his car. Out of courtesy, he stopped blowing leaves to wait for the man to finish what he was doing but after it was taking longer than expected Jason thought he better lend a hand.
“As I approached him I said ‘Hey mate do you want me to help you,’ and as soon as I saw his face I knew this guy was in trouble.” Jason recalled.
“His face was blue and he was drooling everywhere and his eyes were bulging out. I jumped down and said ‘hey mate hey mate,’ trying to get him to respond to see if he was alert. He wasn’t responding, he was just making a coughing sound, so I initially thought he was choking on something.”
Jason then opened his mouth to clear his airway before rolling him into the recovery position but after there were no signs of improvement he knew he needed to call triple zero.
“That’s when the dispatchers asked me to lay him on his back and listen for breathing.”
After Jason discovered there was no signs on breathing, he commenced CPR. Still alone, Jason continued CPR for a few minutes before the patient’s son heard the commotion and ran to assist.
“I didn’t have time to explain what was going on, so I said grab my phone, talk to the dispatch officer and give them the address for this place. Your father needs an ambulance right away.”
Jason said as soon as the paramedics arrived they got the Defib out and delivered two shocks. The patient then showed signs of life.
“The whole experience showed me that I was able to do something in that lifesaving area to a point where I could do it to ensure someone keeps living. It’s such a beautiful thing and I couldn’t imagine not pursuing a career in that.”
The patient was transported to the hospital in a stable condition and has since made a full recovery. His family are very thankful for Jason’s quick response and knowledge of what to do.
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