Bray Cardiac First Responders (CFR) will now be able to train more people from the local community in using defibrillators thanks to a donation by Belfast-based HeartSine Technologies.
David Greville from Heartsafety Solutions, the distributor of HeartSine defibrillators in the Republic of Ireland, donated a defibrillator trainer on Thursday 6th November in the Taylor Centre.
David Greville said:
“After meeting the Bray Cardiac First Responders (CFR) Group at a recent Irish Association for Emergency Medicine Conference we were extremely impressed by the work they are doing.
“Currently, as part of their fledging ‘Public Access Defibrillator’ (PAD) programme they are training members of the public in the use of defibrillators. In order to assist them with this HeartSine have donated a training defibrillator to the group.
“A successful PAD programme requires strategic placement of defibrillators in public places and trained by-standers willing to commence CPR and use a defibrillator when a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs. During busy periods, the closest ambulance may need to come from as far away as Wicklow Town or Tallaght (23km away) which is why a successful PAD programme for Bray is so important.”
Anne Michael, Co-ordinator of Bray Cardiac First Responders said:
“As a voluntary group we are so grateful for the donation and continued support from HeartSine Technologies and Heartsafety Solutions.
“Through this donation we will be able to train up to 100 more people in the Bray area on the use of defibrillators.
“The aim of our PAD scheme is to increase the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by reducing the time to defibrillation. Although we are in the early stages of the programme we have received great support from the Bray Chamber and receiving this donation from HeartSine Technologies is a massive help in raising awareness.”
Hugh Hennessy, Commercial Director at HeartSine Technologies, said:
“Research has shown that 84% of SCAs occur away from a healthcare setting, and so it is so important to make the general public aware of the benefits of knowing CPR and how to use a defibrillator.
“The work of Bray Cardiac First Responders is so beneficial to the local community in Bray and we are delighted to support their efforts in any way we can.”