Croí Public Access Defibrillator:
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is located at Burkes Pub/PostOffice, Colemanstown, Galway.
What is an AED? An AED is a heart machine used for people whose heart has stopped beating, also known as CARDIAC ARREST.
Cardiac arrest can be recognised in a victim who is collapsed, unresponsive and not breathing. Cardiac arrest can happen for a variety of reasons in victims of all ages. Heart attack is the most common reason affecting adults, other reasons include congenital heart defects, choking, drowning, electrocution, and poisoning.
How does an AED Work? The defibrillator can tell if the heart needs a special treatment to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm. The machine cannot give a shock where the heart is not beating in a fatal heart rhythm so AEDs are safe in the hands of trained non-medical rescuers. If cardiac arrest is recognised early and rescue measures such as CPR and defibrillation are commenced as quickly as possible, the chance of survival can be greatly improved.
Everybody has a role to play in reducing deaths from cardiac arrest. Please remember that in any emergency you should always call the emergency services first by phoning 999/ (112 on a mobile).If anyone knows how to do CPR, begin it as quickly as possible while awaiting the arrival of the Defibrillator & trained responder.
Please remember that the responders are volunteers and will endeavour to assist where available. Finally we ask that you communicate this important newsletter to everybody in the organisation to ensure that everybody knows what to do should anyone be faced with this emergency.
Croí, The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation commend
Colmanstown Community on this
initiative to reduce mortality from sudden cardiac arrest.
Details re Trained Responders kept with defibrillator.
If you require a copy of this list for your own personal records
please e-mail the club secretary.