Ireland's CPR success story
In her presentation Hannon, who works as Resuscitation Training Officer at the Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown (CHB), Dublin, described Ireland's success story, where the "National First Responders campaign" set out to teach resuscitation to the general public.
The campaign, launched in 2005, was a joint initiative from The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF), Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHEC), National Ambulance Service (NAS), and others. The initiative, which involved integrations of the statutory and voluntary services, aimed to train as many people from the community as possible in bystander CPR. In the campaign the Heart Saver AED course was taken out into the community, with members of the public taught the basic techniques of CPR, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the relief of choking for adults, children and infants.
Overall 65,000 people are now trained in CPR annually in Southern Ireland, and the campaign has resulted in the number of people surviving out of hospital cardiac arrests in Southern Ireland rising from just 1% in 2005, to 6.5% in 2012.
Perhaps the most innovative part of the programme was the introduction of CPR training into the school curriculum. In the "CPR 4 Schools Programme", which ran in 2009, all Transition Year students (aged 16 years), amounting to around 27000 people, were issued with self training kits containing a DVD, booklet and inflatable manikin, which together create and easy to follow lesson in CPR. Teachers acted as facilitators to the training, rather than instructors.
In an evaluation of the programme, 76% of school children who took part said that they would be likely to give CPR if they were present when a person collapse; 90% felt more confident to perform CPR after training; and 68% said they would show their fa
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