THE Coleraine Ambulance Station has purchased several pieces of vital equipment from funds the Coleraine Bendigo Bank and Coleraine Lions Club raised.
They have bought a Neann Vacuum immobiliser mattress, known as a ‘vac mat’, a vacuum splint and a pulse oximeter.
Community officer, Kerrie Jones said the vac mat was used to securely support patients who have suspected spinal or major skeletal injury.
“You get them onto the mat and it splints them, it is very comfortable as it has bean bag beans in it,” Ms Jones said.
“They are safe, secure and splintered, they are immobilised. When we take them to the hospital the whole mat can be taken through the X-ray machine instead of having to be taken off then on again.”
Ms Jones said spinal boards were very hard and this was a much more safe and secure way.
The Vacuum splint is used for arms and legs and is the same principal at the vac mat just a lot smaller.
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