This year’s conference for Ireland’s community first responders returns on Saturday 4 March to the Mullingar Park Hotel. ‘Respond 2017’ will again feature a good range of presentations, workshops and networking events, which have been the hallmark of the first three national conferences, organised by CFR Ireland.
Supported by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS), it promises to be the biggest and best conference yet, according to CFR Ireland.
Over 50 new CFR schemes have been registered since 2016, while up to 150 CFR groups are currently linked up with the HSE National Ambulance Service.
This year’s keynote address, entitled ‘Making the luck of the Irish – how to survive cardiac arrest’, will be presented by Prof Richard Lyon, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Prof Lyon, who won numerous international awards including the top research award from the European Resuscitation Council, is a current member of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Executive Committee and author of several international pre-hospital guidelines.
He completed a unique doctorate thesis on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) – the TOPCAT study – which has formed the basis of a successful programme of work to improve outcome from OHCA across Scotland.