The Programme simply allows those trained in AED use & CPR to ‘help save a life’ by providing Community Emergency Care to those suffering a cardiac emergency i.e. aimed to prevent sudden death by providing rescue breaths & chest compressions to someone who has collapsed and is unresponsive. CPR: helps keep oxygen-rich blood supplied to the brain and other body organs until medical helps arrives. Defibrillation: involves a trained person delivering an electric shock, with an AED, to the victim’s heart to help restore a normal heart rhythm.
Whilst the programme and committee continue successfully for the past 7 years, in Oct 2013 a need for new members and trainers was identified, so a new committee & trainers was elected as the Ballymahon Defibrillator Group. The new committee then established a Public Access Defibrillation System (PADS). This system means that all AEDs are now mounted in public areas for anyone, trained in their use, to provide immediate care, reducing & eliminating delays in Emergency Care which can mean the difference between Life or Death of a ‘loved one’.