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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Defibrillator & CPR Training
Most of you will probably be aware of what happened back in August during the 'Streets of Cobh' 5 km road race when Gerry Lawton suffered a heart attack and needed the use of a defibrillator to get his heart started again. (You can see my old posts on this HERE ). Well, the good news is that Gerry is ok now and it was great to see him as a spectator at the Cork to Cobh race last Sunday at the 9 mile mark watching everyone go by.
Since last August, John Quigley of Eagle AC and others have been working away behind the scenes, looking at the possibility of getting defibrillator units. Following on from this, John released the following notice last week. Please read it and let John know if you are interested. If you are, you can contact John directly or send an e-mail to me (my address is shown on the right hand side of this page) and I'll pass on your e-mail.
" I am looking for volunteers representing the athletic communities, particularly representative bodies and clubs. The volunteers should be available for approx 4 hours training, at a time and date yet to be specified, probably in November.
Pfizer are willing to train 20 people over 4 sessions (5 per session) in both CPR and Defibrillation. The trainers are certified in this area and each session takes 4hours to do it properly.
We will provide the venue and are hoping to run it sometime in November.
I am grateful to Pfizer for offering this training and also Terence Higgins of Pfizer, who stepped forward following the appeal after the incidents last month and proactively pursued the matter.
So why should YOU do this training?
The prime purpose behind this crusade is to ensure that trained and capable people are available at races IN ADDITION to any ambulance, medical or emergency personnel.
However, the chances are that it is not at a race that YOU will be called upon to use the skills learnt, but in your everyday life, particularly in the company of friends or loved ones - when trained people are particularly scarce.
Terence Higgins writes: "I can tell you that it is invaluable to have the training in everyday life especially if someone close to you is in trouble. Might be a good selling point to let people know they can use the training in their homes if, God forbid, they had to.
Interested people should text me at 087-6261178 or write to "Cluain Mhuire", Trabeg Lawn, South Douglas Road, Cork
In the event of the sessions being oversubscribed, places will be allocated based on criteria such as wide representation, frequency of presence at events etc. If there are more volunteers than can be handled - and I hope there are!! - then we will look into making arrangements for more training sessions, though this may take a bit longer, as we will have make arrangements with other training bodies.
Regarding the provision of defibrillators for the athletic bodies, there is some progress to report but no firm commitment has been made. Currently, one pharma company is considering donating a unit, another firm has offered a large sum towards the cost of a unit. On a negative front, a healthcare provider has declined to sponsor, however I'm awaiting responses from others."...John Quigley

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