CFR Ireland is continuing its call out to all voluntary and community first responder groups, emergency services and members of the general public for their help in locating and registering as many AEDs throughout Ireland as possible.
Every year in Ireland many people suffer a cardiac arrest caused by arrhythmias in the heart due to uncoordinated electrical impulses. These electrical impulses can be corrected with the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) which delivers a shock to the heart to try and correct these arrhythmias.
A government report suggests that there are up to 9,000 AEDs in Ireland. Unfortunately many of these AEDs are not accessible due to poor storage and lack of signage. There is also an issue with AEDs not being maintained, thereby resulting in many of these units not being fit for purpose when they are used to treat a patient in cardiac arrest.
As part of this national initiative CFR Ireland aims to locate as many AEDs as possible, and is relying on the assistance of as many volunteers from the emergency services, voluntary and community first responder groups and members of the general public, to actively seek out AEDs in their community and then registering them.
Once located the AED should be inspected and owners should be informed as to the condition and best location for storage, as well as advice on how to use the AED should it be needed.
When the AED is deemed fit for purpose and with the owner’s permission, CFR Ireland will register the device as quickly as possible. The registration process is simple; complete the basic information about the AED and its location on this online form.
“When CFR Ireland has received the information and verifies the AED, the information will be passed to the HSE National Ambulance Service for upload to their Emergency Dispatch System.
“So, when a member of the public calls for an ambulance in the event of a cardiac arrest the call taker will be able to direct the caller to their nearest AED therefore increasing the patient’s chances of survival,” according to a CFR Ireland spokesperson.
For details on registering AEDs in your community, email firstname.lastname@example.org