A NEW ambulance MICA single responder unit has been launched in Sale.
Health Minister David Davis joined acting Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan in launching the unit at Sale ambulance station on Friday, as part of the government’s move for regional areas to have MICA services.
Mr Davis said the state government was investing $151 million as part of its commitment to ambulance services and was already ahead of its election commitment to deliver 40 additional paramedics and six additional patient transport officers to Gippsland.
“We have pledged to recruit an additional 310 paramedics and 30 patient transport officers,” Mr Davis said.
“We committed to 10 new MICA single responder units across Victoria.
“The first eight of these services are in place and today I’m here in Gippsland to launch and officially open the final two, in Bairnsdale and Sale.”
Mr Davis said MICA teams complemented existing ambulance services and offered specialised care for people facing life-threatening medical emergencies.
“To ensure Sale residents have access to these additional services, two customised vehicles have been purchased at a cost of more than $275,000,” he said.
“Our MICA paramedics were also given further training to help them develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills, including 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation and intubation skills.
“MICA paramedics, thanks to this training, are equipped with specialised, life-saving drugs and equipment that may be needed in an emergency.”
Mr Davis said MICA units offered valuable support for patients and fellow paramedics during critical incidents.
“These vehicles are not designed for transporting patients but provide a quick and convenient way for MICA paramedics to respond to cases and provide clinical back-up to other paramedics,” he said.
Mr Ryan said the new MICA single responder unit would be an invaluable resource for delivering emergency care to those in the Sale area.
“The provision of this new unit will be an important resource for ensuring the residents of Sale and the nearby areas receive swift and critical care at a time when they need it most,” he said.