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German court rules teachers must carry out first aid

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The case concerned a student who became severely disabled after collapsing in gym class. He sued, arguing his teacher should have done first aid. Germany’s highest criminal court ruled in his favor, but only to a point.

    
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Gym teachers must use first aid in the event of an emergency and they must be up-to-date on techniques, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on Thursday.

The case involved a young man who sued the German state of Hesse after he collapsed in gym class and became severely disabled. The state previously argued that the teacher was not liable, but Germany’s highest criminal court disagreed.

What the court ruled:

  • Physical education or gym teachers are obligated to carry out first aid “in a timely and proper manner.”
  • The teacher in the case was found to have violated her official duties by not attempting to resuscitate the student.
  • The BGH overturned two lower court decisions that ruled in favor of the state and the teacher.
  • Although the court ruled in the student’s favor, he will have to prove that the lack of first aid caused his disability in order to secure damages.

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Collapse in gym class

In January 2013, an 18-year-old student at a high school in the German city of Wiesbaden suddenly collapsed during a warm-up at his gym class.

The teacher quickly called for an ambulance and positioned the boy on his side. She did not, however, attempt to revive him and CPR was only delivered eight minutes later when the ambulance arrived at the school.

The student, who is now 24-years-old, ended up suffering irreversible brain damage due to a lack of oxygen and is now severely disabled.

He and his family sued the teacher’s employer, the state of Hesse, arguing that the first aid measures were insufficient. They demanded at least €500,000 in pain and suffering damages, €100,000 for material damages as well as a monthly pension of €3,000 as well as a promise that the state of Hesse will pay for future costs.

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Deliveroo on track to deliver first-aid in Hong Kong

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In case of emergencies, people in reflective jackets – who you might expect are only delivering a food order – could also help the needy with newly acquired first-aid skills.

Some 150 Deliveroo riders and walkers in Hong Kong are among the first in the Asia Pacific region to be offered 15 free first-aid training classes administered by Hong Kong Red Cross in April.

In August 2018 Deliveroo UK pushed first-aid education after research commissioned by the British Red Cross reported that only 5% of the 2,000 respondents in the United Kingdom said they would feel knowledgeable, confident and willing to act in emergencies

The situation is just as severe in Hong Kong as first aid is yet to be mandatory in school curriculum, leaving members of the public to depend on the government’s emergency services.

On April 17, a class of riders and walkers had a taste of their upcoming first aid training by attending a demonstration session at Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters

In the first example, a passer-by was said to have sustained a minor cut on the right forearm. Leung Yiu-wah, chairman of First Aid Advisory Panel at Hong Kong Red Cross, and one of the providers of the Deliveroo course, showed how to handle the incident.

“First, stay calm and check scene safety. Second, check for patient’s response, and reassure him that you could offer him help as you have learned first aid,” said Leung.

Putting on a pair of medical gloves for personal protection, Leung said some sterilised gauze should be pressed on the wound with direct pressure to stop the bleeding. The injured limb should be elevated with an arm sling using a triangular bandage.

“We encourage everyone in Hong Kong to enhance their own first aid education,” said Leung Yiu-wah, chairman of First Aid Advisory Panel, Hong Kong Red Cross, who is performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Photo: Deliveroo Hong Kong

Two demonstrations were given on how to handle a situation where a person became unresponsive with no breathing or no pulse. Leung performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the first case, and CPR with the application of an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the second case.

Deliveroo riders and walkers are listening attentively to HKRC instructors demonstrating CPR and AED. Photo: Deliveroo Hong Kong

Despite being only two hours long, the training program, which has been tailor-made and standardised for Deliveroo, equips learners with basic life support skills and is a stepping stone to advanced skills, said Barbara Tai, Manager (First Aid Training) at HKRC.

“Participants are also encouraged to do other first-aid courses, for example, a standard first-aid certificate course and first-aid workshop for road safety as top-up,” added Tai.

Trained Deliveroo riders and walkers not only benefit personally from their new knowledge, they also improve public safety as they move around the city where emergencies could happen at any time.

Rider Ng Wai-kit said the training program attracted him because of its meaning and usefulness. Although he has not come across any emergencies yet, he now feels he is prepared if anything comes up that requires his knowledge.

Tom Cheng, head of operations for Deliveroo, said that life comes first, regardless of the delivery.

“It is more than welcome when a rider or walker can put their skills into practical use, and that is the reason for the program. They need not worry too much as they could always keep the customers service center informed and other arrangements could be sorted out,” Cheng said.

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Dad’s warning about first aid training after daughter chokes

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Written by Amy Lyall

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Muscle memory from a first aid course is what Scottish politician Alex Cole-Hamilton believes saved his daughter’s life.

The father-of-three shared a harrowing warning to parents on Twitter about choking after his four-year-old daughter swallowed a coin.

“Last night I resuscitated my four-year-old daughter, Darcy, after she swallowed a coin,” he explained in the thread.

Cole-Hamilton says he had left Darcy watching YouTube on Saturday night while handing over the last details to the babysitter before heading out to meet his wife at an event.

“She just made this sort of strangled cry, and I dashed through and caught her saying the words ‘I’ve swallowed a coin’. Then she stopped breathing and changed colour,” he told Inews.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP@agcolehamilton

Not your average Saturday night. I had to partially resuscitate Darcy (4) after she swallowed a coin. Blue lighted to Sick Kids and had coin (E50 cents) removed under general anaesthetic. Staff have been wonderful and so good to Darcy. Heroes all.

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Continuing the Twitter thread, he explained he had to “partially resuscitate” his daughter.

“When she stopped breathing, a half remembered first aid course from over 25yrs ago snapped into place- I inverted her, slapped her back with an open palm 5 times until she was sick & coin moved enough to open her air way before ambulance arrived & blue lighted us to the Sick Kids,” he wrote.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP@agcolehamilton

This is a hard thread to write. It isn’t a political post. It’s got nothing to do with my job. But it’s important to me to share it tonight.

Last night I resuscitated my 4 year old daughter, Darcy after she swallowed a coin.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP@agcolehamilton

When she stopped breathing, a half remembered first aid course from over 25yrs ago snapped into place- I inverted her, slapped her back with an open palm 5 times until she was sick & coin moved enough to open her air way before ambulance arrived & blue lighted us to the Sick Kids

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Darcy was raced into surgery where the coin was removed under general anaesthetic.

“Staff have been wonderful and so good to Darcy. Heroes all,” Cole-Hamilton continued.

Despite the scary situation, Darcy is recovering well, but the incident made a lot of people realise that they have no first-aid skills for a situation like this.

Dad's warning about first aid training after daughter chokes on a coin
Darcy is recovering well at home after the scary ordeal. (Twitter)

“So many concerned friends who’ve phoned or visited today have said that they’d never received any training like that. So I’m going to start working with charities and first aid groups to build awareness of how easy it is to learn basic first aid. You can be that first responder,” he tweeted.

Cole-Hamilton wants other parents to be able to act quickly in similar situations in future because it can mean the difference between life and death.

If you would like to learn more about first aid courses across Australia, head to the St John Ambulance website for more information.

In an emergency situation call 000 and follow the instructions given by a trained professional.

First aid basics for your adventure in the wilderness

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A twisted ankle waiting to happen.

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Injuries on the trail are common, be they banalities like blisters or lacerations from overgrown foliage, or serious concerns like dislocated shoulders while rock-climbing or snake bites. Outdoor lovers know the wilderness comes with risk of bodily injury. But those who know best venture boldly into the wild prepared with a knowledge of what to do if harm should befall them.

There’s no guarantee that Google will be there to help when gashes, scrapes, or broken bones arise, and medical help isn’t always just a phone call or car ride away. The best medicine for any type of injury is preparedness, so it’s important to know what to keep in your pack for everything from a day hike to a month-long sojourn, plus how to treat common injuries and frequent misconceptions about wilderness first aid.

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Your first aid kit need not be as big as this.

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First aid to pack for your next outdoor adventure

The length and remoteness of your trip—a well-worn day hike trail? unmarked wilderness?—will dictate what you should put in your pack. Climate, altitude, and destination will play a part, too, but chances are, you won’t need bottles of antiseptic and a full splint kit if you’ll only be gone a few hours and the trail is easily accessible from major roads. Likewise, you should bring more than a few adhesive bandages and aspirin if you’ll be away from civilization for a days or weeks.

Tod Schimelpfenig, Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and curriculum director at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine department, suggests starting with a small kit. Most of the time, the kind you can get at your local outdoor store will suffice. But if you prefer to build your own kit, he suggests packing a pair of nitrile or latex gloves, antiseptic ointmentbandagesgauze, larger dressings, an Ace wraptweezers to remove splinters, and a blister care kit.

For longer treks, the kit Schimelpfenig recommends is similar, but more robust. “Safety pins are always helpful,” Schimelpfenig adds. Transparent dressings come in handy, too and for blisters, nothing acts like a protective second skin like kinesthesiology tape. But his number one recommendation: consider what can go wrong and what access you’ll have to medical attention, cell service, or fellow hikers. “Prevention and planning can go a long way,” he says.

As for the bulky extras, while some find packing triangle bandages and splint kits bring peace of mind, Schimelpfenig prefers to improvise with items like handkerchiefs and tree branches, things he likely already has in his pack or can easily find on the trail.

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Ace wrap comes in handy for pains, sprains, and strains that pop up on the trail.

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Common wilderness injuries

Seasoned hikers aren’t often worried about snake bites and bear attacks; they know these sorts of encounters are rare at best. But broken bones, sprains, dislocations, cuts, and scrapes can pose risks that are just as serious if left untreated. According to Schimelpfenig, “There are some fundamental skills that you can learn that will help take care of people and possibly save their lives.”

The most common injuries in the wilderness are cuts and lacerations. While you might just throw a bandage on it and call it a day when you slice your shin in your own backyard, don’t underestimate how easily a small wound can become infected and cause much larger problems.

“Keeping wounds clean is difficult in the wilderness,” Schimelpfenig says. To do so, first, stop the bleeding and evaluate the situation. Is it over a joint, does it gape open, is it showing underlying structures? If so, time to call it a day and get to a doctor. If it’s small and non life-threatening, irrigate the wound with water that’s safe to drink and thoroughly clean out any debris or foreign particles. Add antiseptic and dress it with the appropriate bandage. Change the dressing and check for infection (swelling, redness or pus) every 24-48 hours.

For other injuries and accidents, Schimelpfenig recommends taking a wilderness first aid course through NOLS or at a local outdoor center. Proper training will not only teach you how to wrap a twisted ankle, dress a wound, and immobilize broken bones, but also introduce life-saving skills like administering CPR, stopping excessive bleeding, and maintaining an open airway. They also instill confidence and resourcefulness, which are necessities in the backcountry, Schimelpfenig says.

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Common misconceptions about wilderness first aid

There’s nearly as much bad advice regarding wilderness first aid as there is good advice. You need to know the difference. You may have heard that sucking venom out of a snake bite or giving the bite area a mild shock will slow the spread of the poison. Unfortunately, the only remedy for snake bites is anti-venom, so don’t bother with other remedies; the sooner you can get to the hospital, the better.

Likewise, tourniquets often get a bad rap for doing more harm than good, but Schimelpfenig says otherwise: it’s a very effective method of stopping life-threatening bleeding. “Tourniquets save lives,” he says. “Limbs are not automatically sacrificed when a tourniquet is applied.” But do reserve the technique for severe bleeding only.

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If the worse-case scenario should happen, you’ll be glad you packed your satellite phone or personal locator beacon.

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What to do with serious injuries on the trail

“The more remote you are, the more training you should have,” Schimelpfenig says. While most outdoorsy individuals can benefit from a 16-hour wilderness first aid course, those venturing far into the woods or the mountains may want to consider something closer to a 40-hour wilderness first aid or 80-hour wilderness first responder course. The longer you’re out there and the farther away from civilization, the longer you’ll have to care for yourself or someone else.

The first step involves being able to recognize threats to life, like obstructed airways, breathing problems, cardiac arrest, severe bleeding, or anaphylaxis. Recognize the signs and prioritize those issues so that you can thoughtfully and confidently address the major issue first while also considering secondary injuries that may cause discomfort, but aren’t life-threatening.

Lastly, be cognizant of where you’re going and what types of communication might be available or recommended. If you know you won’t have service, is the area where you’re hiking well-traveled? If so, even if you do get injured, there’s a good chance someone will pass by eventually. If not, consider packing a device like a satellite phone or personal locator beacon to call for help if you or a companion need it.

With the right training and gear, you can boldly embark upon the wilderness adventures of your dreams and be prepared for just about anything, come hell, high water, or twisted ankle.

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First aid training, flotation devices key to adapting impulse to rescue someone drowning

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The moment you see a person drowning is shocking and comes without warning, but without a plan, the impulse to go to their rescue can be deadly.

The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA) says there has already been 48 drowning deaths reported this summer compared to 31 at the same time a year ago.

In research conducted by the RLSSA, a quarter of the 90 cases it studied involved the death of a person trying to rescue someone else.

“We want to applaud the people who attempt to save a life,” said Professor John Pearn, the national medical director at RLSSA.

“But the only way to overcome the courageous impulse, often with these fatal results, is with prior training.

“Encouraging every parent, every person to learn first aid and basic rescue techniques — we know if we do that, we’ll reduce this tragic secondary phenomenon.”

Plan ahead

Always swim in a patrolled location and between the red and yellow flags at the beach, Steven Pearce, chief executive of Surf Life Saving NSW, advised.

However if you choose not to, Mr Pearce advised to always plan ahead, bring a flotation device (surfboard, boogie board, pool noodle, etc) with you and check that you have mobile phone reception.

If you see someone struggling, alert a lifeguard if you are at a patrolled location and then call triple-0.

Always use a flotation device

Many bystander fatalities occurred when someone swam to a person in need, became exhausted, and then the panicked victim climbed all over them, Mr Pearce said.

He acknowledged that it was hard to advise parents against entering the water if a child was in trouble.

“It’s so difficult to tell a parent never save their child — that’s why you need to have a plan,” he said.

“You shouldn’t try and effect a rescue yourself unless you have an idea of your own swimming ability or have a flotation device.

“You’ve really got to think, ‘If I’m going to do this, I need something to keep the person and myself afloat whether that’s a surfboard, a boogie board, even an esky’.”

The RLSSA’s mantra is to shout, reach, wade, throw or row to somebody in the water, be that throwing a tied group of shirts or a hose or reaching out with a rake or lifeline of some sort.

How to perform CPR:

  • Call triple-0 and yell for help, both with the CPR and to find the nearest defibrillator
  • Start hands-only CPR — push hard and fast with the heel of your hand in the centre of the person’s chest
  • Aim for around two chest presses a second (pressing to the beat of the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive is a good guide)
  • Don’t stop. Most people run out of steam after about two minutes, so keep yelling for help while doing compressions
  • Attach defibrillator pads to the person’s chest. The machine will give voice instructions for you to follow
  • Once you’ve shocked the heart to restart it, continue CPR until breathing resumes or paramedics arrive

Try and stay calm

If you have a flotation device and have swum to the victim, pass the device between the two of you and tell them to hold on to it.

If the victim is a toddler or young child, get them onto the flotation device as quickly as possible.

Try and alert others who can help such as a surfer or people on a nearby boat.

Once back on land, ensure triple-0 has been contacted and start first aid procedures.

If they are breathing, place the person in the recovery position.

If they are not breathing, commence CPR.

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Nick Kyrgios was hospitalised with a spider bite over Christmas

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This is not how Nick Kyrgios would have envisaged spending his Christmas ahead of a busy summer of tennis and a title defence.

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Nick Kyrgios is set to fly into Queensland to prepare for his Brisbane International title defence after spending Christmas in hospital nursing a spider bite.

Organisers said Kyrgios, 23, was on track to arrive in Brisbane on Friday after the tennis star revealed on social media he had a far from festive time during the holidays.

World No.35 Kyrgios had to be treated in a Canberra hospital over Christmas after being bitten on the foot.

“Got a spider bite on my foot. Christmas different every year,” Kyrgios posted on Instagram.

The former world No.13 also added a picture of him with an intravenous drip with the caption: “This spider bite outta control.”

Instagram image of Nick Kyrgios in hospital after a spider bite

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Organisers were confident the hospital visit would not derail Kyrgios’ preparations, saying his Brisbane International plans were still in place.

Kyrgios is the eighth seed at the Brisbane International which starts on Sunday.

He is hoping to bounce back in 2019 after his ranking slipped from world No.21 to 35.

Kyrgios began the year in style by claiming the Brisbane crown in January — his fourth career title — when he defeated American Ryan Harrison in the final.

However, it was his only tournament triumph in 2018.

He entered 16 events but after his Brisbane win only advanced past the round of 16 four times — none at a grand slam.

His frustrating season ended abruptly in October due to a recurring elbow injury, forcing his withdrawal from Moscow’s Kremlin Cup.

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Two teens stung by Irukandji jellyfish

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Two teenagers have been rushed to hospital after they were both stung by the deadly Irukandji jellyfish while swimming at Fraser Island.

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Two teenagers have been rushed to hospital by helicopter after they were stung by deadly Irukandji jellyfish in waters off Fraser Island in Queensland yesterday.

A 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl were taken to Hervey Bay Hospital by the RACQ Lifeflight helicopter in a stable condition.

It’s understood the teens were on a boat with family just off the coast of the island when they were stung.

Emergency services were called to their boat off the island’s western coast. Two other people in their group with suspected stings were treated at the scene.

The four victims come a week after three different swimmers were stung by irukandji at Fraser Island in separate incidents.

Surf lifesavers swept the waters surrounding the island just before Christmas after a nine-year-old boy was stung however the warm water has caused irukandji populations to explode.

Irukandji jellyfish may be elusive during far north Queensland’s big wet but they’re set to come back in big numbers when the sun comes out.

After they forced the closure of two northern Queensland beaches last weekend, including Ellis Beach near Cairns when a teenage girl was hospitalised with stings to her upper body, no irukandji have been spotted in swimming areas since.

One of the world’s deadliest creatures, the jellyfish prefer calm, warm waters and tend to stay away during heavy rainfall, with some far north areas receiving up to 200mm since Boxing Day.

But the risk of irukandji stings will increase once the rain stops, according to toxicologist Jamie Seymour.

“All this rain, it’ll fire all jellyfish up,” Professor Seymour told AAP.

“What you tend to find is after you’ve had big rainfall events, like we’re having at the moment, we’ll have large numbers of jellyfish, assuming the weather settles back down.

“If we don’t get rain, we get very small numbers of irukandji.”

Prof Seymour said Queensland had recorded almost 20 irukandji stings this year, including four off Fraser Island.

“It is above average. In Cairns, we’ve had at least seven stings. This time last year, we had one,” he said.

“The (stinging) season has become longer. 50 years ago, the season was about a month.

“Now, it’s about 5-6 months.

“It correlates quite nicely with increasing water temperature.”

Swimmers are advised to wear complete stinger suits before going in the water, especially around the Fraser Island area.

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First aid by surf lifesaver Paul Graham saved Joel’s life

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He was surfing on his own on Sunday morning … something so many Aussies do in their spare time.

Except yesterday Joel Mason was attacked by a shark (species as yet unknown), managed to swim to shore, was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital and is now recovering with five deep lacerations to one of his lower legs.

Unlucky to be there at that spot at that time, but incredibly lucky that Nambucca Heads surf lifesaver Paul Graham, 38, was not far away and was able to apply a tourniquet to Joel’s leg … something that probably saved his life.

Now on a flight overseas, Paul’s mother, Yvonne, said it was indeed fortunate for Joel that Paul was there.

“Paul knew exactly what to do and did it – he is very calm in moments like that,” Yvonne said.

According to Bowraville Central School’s principal, David Taylor, Joel, who is a sports teacher at the school, texted him this morning: “Guess what! not at work today”.

“He seemed in good spirits,” David said.

“He’s a well respected member of our staff and we are all thinking of him.”

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 REALISTIC: Richard Ellis offers sage advice about the risks of living

Also thinking of him was Nambucca surfer Richard Ellis, who was attacked in the same spot in 2001.

“The first thing I noticed was the helicopter hovering yesterday morning so I knew something was up.

“Then we heard Joel had been attacked … he’s a robust, tough guy and a really good surfer … I am really feeling for him today as the reality of the situation bites,” Richard said.

“It brings back a whole range of emotions … a sense of relief that it is not me, bizarrely, and also that he is alive – that we are both alive.

“Something like this shakes your sense of mortality profoundly – I can still feel that in my core.”

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Richard said he was certainly more cautious now about where and when he surfed.

“I never surf if I see fish jumping because the risk is clearly greater if there is food around … but basically the risk is always there and with more people, more interactions are always likely.

“But then again, there are so many other things that could kill you – my favourite book now is Death by Coconut, 50 Things more Dangerous than a Shark.”

Legless! Red-bellied black snake snuggles into surprising spot

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A wayward red-bellied black snake brought a new meaning to the word “legless” after the metre-long serpent managed to curl its way inside a wine glass.

The venomous reptile was photographed snug inside the glass in Adelaide, sending many wine aficionados into a frenzy.

“Glass of red…. belly,” Snake Catchers Adelaide joked, sharing the picture to Facebook yesterday after it was called out to remove the snake.

The reptile was seen coiled up tightly inside the glass on a table, beside a bottle of Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz.

A red-bellied black snake was photographed coiled snug inside a wine glass in Adelaide. Source: Snake Catchers Adelaide / Facebook

“This red belly is almost a metre long, it’s just to show you how small of a space snakes can inhabit,” the reptile expert wrote.

“They love tight confined spaces. It makes them feel safe and secure. And he didn’t want to get out!”

One woman who saw the picture joked it was “not quite the full-bodied red” she liked to see on a Sunday afternoon.

Many others commended the snake for its fine choice of drop.

“We have the snake catchers come to Mollydooker every year for snake awareness training, first time I have seen one in a glass!” one man commented.

One woman asked if the serpent was drunk, to which the snake catcher joked: “Think so he couldn’t walk properly.”

Red-bellied black snakes are one of the most frequently encountered snakes on the east coast of Australia, and are responsible for a number of bites every year, according to the Australian Museum.

They are a shy species and generally do not deliver a serious bite unless severely provoked.

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Perth Man Was Dead For 12 Minutes

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A Perth man owes his life to a group of strangers and an Australian-first technology.

A mobile phone app saved Mark Lee’s life after he suffered a heart attack in the city’s CBD.

As frantic passersby tried to bring Lee back on Murray Street, Danny Rummukainen– who was entering a meeting just a block away– was alerted to the emergency by his St John First  Responder app.

“Straight away looked at it, told one of my other supervisors let’s go,” he told 10 News First.

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The app allows qualified first aiders to sign up as a first responder to receive notifications when someone has called 000 for an ambulance within 500 metres of their current location.

It also provides life saving tips and the location of all nearby defibrillators — a feature which Rummukainen used when responding to Lee.

According to doctors, the 58-year-old was dead for about 12 minutes before this quick response ahead of an ambulance started his heart again.

“[I’m] eternally grateful. I can’t say enough,” an emotional Lee told 10 News First.

“He looked at me and said ‘you actually died’ and I said ‘I know’. Under any other circumstances I probably wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you.”

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The first moments after someone suffers a heart attack are critical.

Lee was rushed to hospital and put in a coma, but without the speedy response and early intervention of a trained first aider, the outcome may have been very different.

“This is life saving technology,” Paul Hogg, the paramedic who attended the scene, said of the app.

The St John First Responder App. Image: St John WA

“Steve just highlights how important early effective CPR and early defibrillation is.”

Since launching in WA in 2017, thousands of trained volunteers have signed up to the St John First  Responder app. Similar apps are also in use in New Zealand and the UK.

To become a first repsonder, volunteers must have completed a first aid course within the past three years and the minimum qualification level of Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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