Free defibrillator check
The Irish Red Cross is offering free checks on community-based defibrillators after Cork City Coroner's court heard a device owned by a recreational club unexpectedly failed during an emergency.
The tragic incident arose when the batteries in a defibrillator died before their expiry date. The Health Products Regulatory Authority told the hearing that inconsistency in battery life can arise and advised sports clubs to check their storage practices.
"We urge anyone with responsibility for a community-based defibrillator more than two years old to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for one of our trained volunteers to carry out a free check and advise on any course of action required," said spokeswoman Sandra Cregan.
Health & Living