With around 59,000 patients a year, and on busy days up to 200 a day, the Emergency Department at the Ballarat Base hospital is as busy as ever.
With those numbers, training of staff is crucial, which has seen the hospital turn to the community for help to purchase a new training mannequin.
Director of Emergency Dr Pauline Chapman says all ED staff require annual life-support training.
“The ED itself, if we count every staff member, so that’s the nurses, the doctors, the cleaners, the reception staff and all the allied health, there’d be well over 300 of us,” Dr Chapman said.
“It depends on your level but you either have to learn basic life support or advanced life support, but everyone has to do that once a year.”
Ballarat Base Hospital is the only health service in Victoria to offer the advanced life support level 2 training course outside of metropolitan Melbourne.
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