A programme aimed at increasing the survival rate for people who experience a cardiac arrest is being rolled out in County Roscommon.
The current survival rate following a cardiac arrest is 3%-5%, but Roscommon Rapid Response is aiming to achieve a 25% survival rate — saving the lives of an additional 30 Roscommon residents each year.
With grant aid from Roscommon Integrated Development Company, Roscommon Rapid Response is partnering with local communities to implement a project to provide the life saving interventions to a person suffering a cardiac arrest, CPR administered within 3-5 minutes and defibrillator administered within seven minutes.
As a first step a survey of existing defibrillators in the county is being carried out to enable a caller to 999/112 to be advised of the nearest defibrillator location.
Information meetings are being held as follows at 9 p.m., Enterprise Hub, The Demesne, Castlerea, today, Tuesday;Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, tomorrow; Athlone Springs Hotel, Thursday; St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle, July 31st and Durkin’s Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, Thursday, August 1st.