Sunday 20 October 2019

Big-hearted volunteers up for healthcare award

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

AT LEAST four lives have been saved in rural areas thanks to local volunteers who learned how to use a simple machine that kick starts the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

The survival rate for Irish people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is still just 6.6pc, compared to 18pc in the UK.

But the work of the Cardiac First Responders in Wicklow is likely to have helped several people survive.

They have been nominated for a Biomis Healthcare Innovation Award at the national healthcare conference tomorrow night.

A cardiac arrest victim's chances of survival diminishes by the minute and defibrillation within the first 10 minutes greatly increases the chance of survival.

Irish Independent

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