Thursday 24 May 2018

Dramatic scenes as bystander forced to perform CPR after golfer suffers heart attack on Dublin course

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A chief fire officer has called for more people to receive CPR training after a member of the public saved a man's life on a Dublin golf course.

Dublin Fire Brigade's Dennis Keeley said that the man - who suffered a heart attack - may have died if it were not for the actions of a bystander with CPR knowledge.

"We got a call on Saturday evening that a gentleman had suffered a cardiac arrest," he told RTE Radio 1 this morning.

"There were bystanders...Thankfully, as a result of communication with a controller and with a general overview of performing CPR, he treated the individual and the treatment was successful.

"He was able to sustain the life until additional help arrived."

A unit from the Swords fire station, crew from the Swords Ambulance Station in Lissenhall and on call community response doctor attended the north Dublin county course over the weekend.

On arrival, CPR and one AED shock were administered by DFB paramedics as NAS staff worked to administer their advanced medications.

"By far the most important and deciding element was excellent early bystander CPR," a spokesperson for DFB Swords said yesterday morning.

"A number of fellow golfers worked on the patient as soon as he collapsed and until the arrival of EMS. This undoubtably saved the man's life."

Assistant chief Mr Keeley said that he wants to encourage those who are afraid to perform CPR to get the expertise in the vent that they may need it.

"The process of bystander CPR has become quite simple...assisted breathing and chest compressions...the general protocol is to push hard and fast."

"It is a skill that people can learn in a relatively short space of time."

The man regained consciousness at the scene and was assessed and removed to hospital where he is now recovering.

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