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Local Hero: Wayan Yuni Sartika

Local Household Worker Saves a Life Two Weeks After Completing BIMC First Aid Course.


Bali News: Local Hero: Wayan Yuni Sartika
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(12/27/2004)

20 year-old Wayan Yuni Sartika was recently able to make all the difference in a life-and-death household accident situation as the result of life saving and first aid training provided by the Bali International Medical Centre(BIMC).

Less than two weeks after completing a 4-hour program provided by the BIMC covering household accidents and poisonings, common illness encountered in Bali and how to handle them, and life-saving emergency first-aid, Wayan, who works as a domestic helper for a local family, found herself in a situation calling on her to put into practice her newly acquired medical skills.

While at her own own home in downtown Denpasar she discovered that a 20 year old neighbor girl had accidentally electrocuted herself by grabbing the frayed cord of a household iron.

Recalling the lessons taught by BIMC's emergency medical team on how to deal with accidental electrocution, Wayan sprang into action and took charge. Delegating someone to call an ambulance while she disconnected the power source, Wayan immediately assessed the vital signs of the accident victim. Finding a weak pulse but no breathing she began CPR, alternating between chest compressions and and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Her patient, 22 year-old Ani, slowly began to revive and was conscious for the ambulance ride to Bali's Sanglah General Hospital, where, after a 5 day stay, she was eventually released in good health with only the scars of residual burns to her hands.

Doctors at the hospital credited Wayan's quick action with having averted a tragedy, comparing her clear thinking under fire to that of a professional health care worker.

balidiscovery.com met Wayan Yuni Sartika at the BIMC where she shared her story and demonstrated the CPR method on a teaching mannequin for our camera.

Sarah Forbes, Wayan's employer and the lady who sent her on the BIMC course said, "I'm very proud of Wayan. I wonder how many deaths are preventable in Bali if people knew Basic First Aid? I am very grateful to BIMC for providing the opportunity for people to gain this kind of training."

Craig Beveridge, the Managing Director of the BIMC and the man who invited Wayan back to the BIMC Clinic to meet the press and receive a number of congratulatory prizes from the Centre and supportive local merchants, said, "everyone at BIMC is beaming with pride and satisfaction that Wayan's first aid lessons played a direct role in saving a life. Saving lives and promoting health is what initially drew all the health-care workers at BIMC to their vocations. That they can share their knowledge with the community and see such concrete results is so very gratifying to all the members of the BIMC team."

The BIMC offers a regular series of 4 hour first aid workshops and a two-day certificate programs in first aid training. Medical educators from BIMC are also available for on-site staff training for local hotels, companies, and tour attraction operators.



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