Strong teamwork and GP expertise helped to save the life of a young boy at Falls Creek during the 2017 snow season.

MCCC GP Registrar, Dr Lauren Tanzen and MCCC supervisor Dr Skye Delaney worked with local ambulance officer, David Ferris, to save 11 year old Oliver Hopkins (Ollie). Ollie’s heart stopped at 3.00am while on a ski trip with his family. Falls Creek is a very isolated place to work with limited resources. Dr Tanzen successfully intubated Ollie and manually ventilated him for four hours. This type of scenario is challenging in an emergency department, let alone in a small room of a ski lodge during a blizzard. MCCC Supervisor Dr Mark Zagorski supported this complex situation by phone. Ollie was saved thanks to dedicated rural GPs and the supporting community, including an oversnow transport driver who transported Ollie from the lodge to the Falls Creek Medical Centre and Ambulance Community officers.

Watch a video from Ambulance Victoria to learn more.

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