Lifesaving drug rolled out in Central Queensland

TENECTEPLASE, also known as a "clot-buster" has been used by advanced care paramedics for the first time in Central Queensland.

Superintendent of Queensland Ambulance Services, Warren Kellet visited Mount Morgan yesterday after local paramedics saved Robert Siska's life after administering the wonder drug.

Mr Kellett said critical care paramedics had been carrying the drug for 15 years but it had only been rolled out to advance care paramedics in the past six months.

"I wouldn't say it's a miracle drug but it certainly has good results for those people and Robert is a perfect example of that," he said.

"Robert would have gotten a sudden onset of chest pain that would have been caused by a clot or blockage in his arteries and the drug then dissolves this clot returning blood supply to his heart."

While the drug reduces damage to the heart caused by the attack it does come with a $2000 price tag for a single dosage.



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