Thanks to great voluntary work and fundraising support, there are a lot of defibrillators in County Roscommon. That’s good. But do we know where they are? Do we know if they are working? Do we know who has the skills to use them? Are we aware and availing of the latest technological aids?
The above questions, most will agree, give pause for thought. That’s why an initiative by a voluntary group –Roscommon Rapid Response – is extremely welcome.
Roscommon Rapid Response says that the current survival rate for a person who suffers cardiac arrest is just 3-5%. They claim they can dramatically increase these survival rates to 25%.
Roscommon Rapid Response, supported by grant aid from Roscommon Integrated Development Company (through the LEADER Programme), has a three-part strategy, the Roscommon People can reveal. Firstly, the group will host information meetings (see below) aimed at clarifying what’s out there – and recruiting volunteers. Secondly, the group will conduct a survey of existing defibrillators in Co. Roscommon, essentially an information gathering exercise. Thirdly, the introduction of a website/App which will provide a 112/999 caller with the nearest defibrillator to incident location and also notify nearest trained responders so they can attempt to provide life-saving interventions.
Roscommon Rapid Response says that the project will provide life-saving interventions to a person suffering a cardiac arrest: e.g. CPR, administered within 3-5 minutes, and defibrillator, administered within 7 minutes.
Partnering with local communities is key. The public information meetings will outline how the project will operate and will recruit volunteers in each electoral area to manage the community survey of defibrillators and register of trained CPR responders.
This sounds like a terrific project to me, an opportunity to at last approach the defibrillators’ issue on a community-wide coordinated basis. Roscommon Rapid Response says that if it achieves its goal, it will mean saving the lives of an additional 30 Roscommon residents each year.
The information meetings will be held as follows (all at 9 pm): Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon on Monday, July 22nd; Enterprise Hub, The Demesne, Castlerea on Tuesday, July 23rd; Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Wednesday, July 24th; Athlone Springs Hotel on Thursday, July 25th; St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on Wednesday, July 31st and Durkin’s Hotel, Ballaghaderreen on Thursday, August 1st.