Monday 22 January 2018

Innovative first-aid device launched

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh with students from Gaelscoil Bharra in Dublin at the launch of SafetyMate.
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh with students from Gaelscoil Bharra in Dublin at the launch of SafetyMate.

Ireland’s first interac¬tive and bilingual first aid device, SafetyMate, was recently launched by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh at the Foras na Gaeilge headquarters in Dublin.

This handheld device delivers step-by-step audio instructions in Irish and English to give first aid and CPR information for over 30 types of first aid emergencies. It can be used in schools, creches, sports clubs, offices, industrial settings and homes.

The inspiration for introducing SafetyMate to Ireland arose when Marion Morrissey of Safe Aid Training, a Limerick-based health and safety training company, experienced the near-death of her infant daughter and realised how ill-equipped so many people are when it comes to dealing with medical emergencies.

“As a trained nurse, I knew what to do in my child’s situation, but if people don’t know how to respond to medical emergencies, the situation can become fatal in a matter of minutes,” says Morrissey.

“SafetyMate guides you through the situation by telling you exactly what to do and just as importantly, what not to do.”

As a result of the collaboration between SafetyMate and its language partners Foras na Gaeilge, users will have the choice of receiving instructions either as Gaeilge or in English.

“This is a product that every sports club, school and office should have,” says î Muircheartaigh. “I’ve no doubt that sports clubs in particular will find this really useful and that it will become an essential part of their first aid equipment. I commend Safe Aid on providing such an innovative new product to the Irish market.”

SafetyMate adheres to the American Heart Foundation CPR guidelines, which are followed by the Irish Heart Foundation. The unit is also future proof as all you need to do is insert a new SD card if health and safety guidelines change.

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