Heartsaver CPR AED Training for Family Carers – Social Care Services, Newcastle Road, Galway

Heartsaver CPR AED Training for Family Carers – Social Care Services, Newcastle Road, Galway

Heartsaver CPR AED Training to Family Carers, delivered by the Carers Department, Community Healthcare West in partnership with Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, and certified by the American Heart Association – successful participants will receive a Certificate in Adult, Child and Infant CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator), with management of choking. Over two-thirds of all Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests occurred at Home in Ireland in 2017; over three-quarters of incidents occurred in a private setting (home, farm or residential institution), and survivors were more likely to have received bystander CPR. When a person collapses with sudden cardiac arrest, every second is vital. Performing CPR and using a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death in many cases. For every minute a person is collapsed without receiving CPR or defibrillation, the person’s chance of survival is reduced by up to 10 per cent per minute. After five minutes, the person’s chance of survival is reduced by up to 50 per cent. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation and early defibrillation, can more than double a victim’s chance of survival. The role of lay persons including family carers in the internationally recognised ‘Chain of Survival’ is well acknowledged, and includes, early recognition, immediate effective CPR and rapid defibrillation. It takes a whole system to save a life, and this training initiative spearheaded by the HSE Carers Department and Croí, is integral to ensuring that Family Carers are key contributors to this whole system approach to save a life, and in the past 7 year period a total of 90 certified Courses have been delivered to nearly 1,000 Family Carers in Galway.

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