New Rathangan defibrillator could save lives

Lives could be saved by the arrival of a new defribrillator in Rathangan, however volunteers are needed to operate the scheme.

Lives could be saved by the arrival of a new defribrillator in Rathangan, however volunteers are needed to operate the scheme.

“The very active Rathangan Community Alert Group (RCAB) are in the process of purchasing a defibrillator for Rathangan. We are currently seeking volunteers to form a panel of first responders. At at recent RCAB meeting, concerns were raised around ambulance response times which can take up to 25 minutes from our nearest hospital. Many lives can be saved if CPR is performed immediately and a defibrillator is accessible,” explained RCAB PRO Seamus O Donohoe.

“We have the funding in place and we will provide the training to the volunteers. We also have to find a location for the defibrillator and we are looking into that. We have received a very positive response so far and several people have indicated their interest in signing up,” he added.

A panel of ten volunteers is needed to service the town. An Advisory External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable piece of equipment that can deliver an electric shock to a victim of cardiac arrest to restore the heart to its normal rhythm. The defibrillator contains special computer software that can analyse the cardiac rhythm and deliver a shock only if the heart requires it. It is not possible to administer defibrillation to a person with healthy, regular cardiac rhythm. Survival rates of cardiac arrest victims are directly related to the time it takes to resuscitate and administer defibrillation. If anyone is interested in becoming a first responder, they should contact any of the Rathangan community alert committee or phone the RCAB mobile on 0871362244.