A young boy has died after being mauled by a dog during a horrific backyard attack on Christmas Eve.
The five-year-old was with his grandmother inside a home in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast when the dog, reportedly an English bull terrier-American bulldog cross, attacked him about 11.45am.
He was rushed to hospital but died on the operating table
The critical care staff in this team use techniques and therapies tried and tested on war battlefields.
It’s understood the boy received an emergency blood transfusion, while his grandmother was treated for shock and minor injuries.
Queensland Ambulance Service Medical Director, Professor Stephen Rashford previously said: ‘The only good thing about wars is that they result in medical innovation.’
Often, the techniques make a world of difference to patients who are losing too much blood.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said the boy suffered life-threatening bites to his neck before going into cardiac arrest.
‘HARU is a patient-centric initiative providing a seamless approach for people with the most severe traumatic injuries from the time of the injury to when they receive hospital care and beyond,’ he previously said.
‘These paramedics provide care at a level seen nowhere else in Australia, and this is supported by extensive training and very strong clinical oversight by senior trauma physicians.’
‘Several therapies used by the HARU team were developed in conflict areas in Afghanistan and they have been shown to have great value for patients with traumatic injuries.’
Some of the techniques used by the High Acuity Response Team include administering general anaesthesia on the road and performing surgical procedures on the chest to relieve the buildup of blood or air pressure.