ORANGE deputy mayor Jeff Whitton wants council, state government and the community to work together to purchase a state-of-the-art automatic CPR device.
The Lucas 2 external compression device received media coverage recently after it was used to save the life of a 41-year-old Melbourne woman who had been clinically dead for 42 minutes following a massive heart attack.
While he admits he’s no medical expert, Cr Whitton said he would like to see this “must-have” device secured for Orange.
He has asked council’s director of community and cultural services Scott Maunder to present a report on the Lucas 2 to council after he consults with the Orange Health Service.
“I want to raise the profile of this particular device and find out the best mechanism to get our area health service access to it,” he said.
“From a layman’s point of view it looks like a must-have for our facilities, it’s a lifesaver.”
Cr Whitton hopes the community and council can work together to access state government funding or a grant.
“Orange is already recognised as the centre of excellence for Western NSW and I think it’s a must-have device that can help patients who can’t access immediate attention,” he said.
“What’s money when it comes down to your mum and dad or wife and daughter?”
The Lucas 2 is estimated to cost about $15,000.