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Ballygawley to host 'Life Support and Cardiac Arrest' information evening

An Education Evening on Basic Life Support and Cardiac Arrest will be held in Castledargan hotel, Thursday 19th October at 8pm. The event is open to all clubs, organisations and individuals who wish to gain a better understanding of Cardiac Arrest and what can be done to assist in emergencies.

The event is being hosted by the Ballygawley Sooey Defibrillator Working Group, pictured, who recently coordinated a successful fundraising drive for the purchase of 3 defibrillators in the Sooey Ballygawley area.

Speaking on behalf of the group, PRO, Thomas Walsh stated, "We are delighted to be hosting this information evening on Cardiac Arrest, in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation and the HSE.  Currently in Ireland survival is just over 6.3% and it remains the highest killer in Ireland and mainland Europe.

"Survival rates are at their highest when CPR and defibrillation occur within a 3 - 5 minute of collapse hence the necessity for well trained  members of the public with defined links to the National Ambulance Service. In Sligo there are a number of P.A.D defib groups but no CFR group with direct links with N.A.S. which is so vital in terms of time and administration of advanced care such as drugs, air-way management and possible air transport to Galway or Dublin.

The Ballygawley /Sooey group would be the first link in the chain of survival should an Cardiac event occur and as we know this is vital to the survival of the patient in our area or any hence the reason for this night to educate, train and play our part in reducing death due to out of hospital cardiac arrest. We are asking all interested individuals , groups and so forth to come on Thursday night get involved and save a life. The 18th of October is the start of " Start a Heart Week organised by the Irish Heart Foundation and National Ambulance Service so please come along and see how simple it is to Start a Heart".

Speakers on the night include " Brigid Sinnott from the Irish Heart Foundation, Mark Callanan: National Ambulance Service Cardiac First Responder Coordinator, Siobhan Masterson: National Project Manager: Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Darren Torpy: Air Sea Rescue 118 Coast Guard.

 The event will get under way at 8pm and there is no admission charge. Further information available by emailing ballygawleysooeydefibrillator@yahoo.com