Coroner recommends first-aid changes

First aid and safety training
First aid and safety training

A CORONER is expected to recommend the dangers associated with positional asphyxia be included as part of all first-aid training courses across the state.

Amit Kumar, 34, died during the early hours of September 23, 2012, in a Mooloolaba car park following a citizens' arrest.

This week, a three-day inquest in Brisbane which examined his death heard the people who had him pinned to the ground were unaware of the dangers positional asphyxia posed.

Positional asphyxia is defined as obstruction of breathing as a result of a restraint technique.

It occurs when the position of a person's body interferes with their ability to breathe and if it is not recognised, death can occur from asphyxia or suffocation.

The inquest heard all those involved in the restraint of Mr Kumar were first-aid trained, including one person who was a geriatric doctor.

They all told the inquest their first-aid training did not cover the dangers that arose from positional asphyxia.

Coroner John Hutton will hear final submissions today (Friday) before adjourning the inquest to consider his recommendations.


Topics:  first aid

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