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    • CommentAuthorJDW
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2006
    The response of the public to the fund-raising efforts by The Cormac Trust and everyone involved in it, has been incredible and is talked about all over Northern Ireland. It is well recognised that the provision of lots of AEDs and training in their use is essential for there to be any improvement in rates of survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest - especially in remote rural areas. Equally important and indeed written into the Resuscitation Council Guidelines, is the 'shout for help / call 999' actions. NIAS is keen to support the community and is very interested in First Responder groups and Public Access Defibrillator schemes. It is crucial that on seeing someone in a collapsed state either at home or in a public place, an early call for help is made. Information regarding the close location of an AED and the identification of someone who is trained in its use or who will use it, is 'complemental' or 'supplemental' to the arrival of advanced medical assistance. The simple fact is that education and communication is possibly as important as the provision of the equipment. NIAS needs to be able to communicate with people who can help.
    • CommentAuthornut
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2006
    When you say communicate with people who can help, what do you mean?
    • CommentAuthorJDW
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2006
    I mean; if someone collapses and NIAS knows of a first responder and an AED near-by thats great - potentially, but if there is no official link between the responder and NIAS, then we cant send them. In other words groups of First Responders and AED trained people need to come together and form voluntary schemes and then establish official communication links with the ambulance service so that a dispatch mechanism can be put in place. Lifesavers West, established by Resuscitation Officers from Sperrin Lakeland Trust, is an example of such a scheme.
    • CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2006
    Thank you, I know now what you mean. The communication is a big thing, I know my own club has a defib, but I don't know if all members do. Someone else on this message board raised the question of advertising the fact that there is a defib located in specific premsies be that the fire station or local shop. It is no good if people don't know where to get them or a person trained to use them. Rather than sounding negative, this is all great stuff and I am glad that people are talking about these issues and going some way to doing something about them.
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