Jakub Kostanski, Order of Malta, Emergency First Responder, Laura Tully, Event Coordinator, Mr. Joe Fahy, Resuscitation Officer, Portiuncula University Hospital, Ms. Bernie Ryan, Roscommon Rose & Nurse advocate pictures at the Moore Community Council Community Life Saving Awareness Event.

Moore Community Council holds life-saving CPR session

Moore Community Council held a life-saving CPR awareness session recently to invite the community to find out more about how to use defibrillators.

Members of the community had the opportunity to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which is a lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest. The CPR session took place in Moore Community Hall on Sunday, March 5.

Moore Community Council provides three devices, known as 'AEDs' or ‘defibs’ in the community which are there for people to use if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. These are located at Moore Community Hall, Clonfad Church and Camcloon National School. Defibrillators deliver an electric shock to the chest to restore a person’s heart to a normal rhythm. With use of CPR and these defibrillators a victim’s chance of survival can increase by almost 50% so it’s vital that members of the community know what to do in the event of a medical emergency, from calling 999/112 to administering CPR and using a defibrillator.

Families and individuals who attended on the day were invited to get hands-on experience of CPR, learn how to access and use a defibrillator device and sign up for upcoming certified training. Guest speakers on the day were Resuscitation Officer, Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, Joe Fahy, and reigning Roscommon Rose, Ms. Bernie Ryan who is a nurse manager at the Mater Hospital.

Bernie believes everyone should know how to do CPR and she presented prizes and awards to the winners of the schools’ art competition on the day. Children had been invited to submit entries to the colouring and poster competitions which served as a beneficial way to increase CPR and AED amongst younger community members. The judges were very impressed with the level of awareness and understanding of the importance of early CPR amongst entries.

Community Council Chair, Willie Naughton thanked all those who organised and attended the event, paying particular tribute to the volunteer first responders who provided valued professional instruction on the day.