A lifesaving skill to learn in 2024

By Seán Haughney CPR News   |   18th Jan 2024

January is often a time to reset – to set up healthy habits that can make you feel good and to learn new skills. What better skill is there to pick up or refresh than one that could help to save a life.

Every year in Ireland almost 70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. If you have been taught CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) you are ten times more likely to respond appropriately in an emergency and you may be their best chance of survival.

What are the key steps in performing CPR?

According to the OHCAR 2022 Annual Report, bystander CPR was attempted in 84% of cases in 2022. Bystander CPR happens when someone who has witnessed or comes across a cardiac arrest steps in to provide CPR. This could be you, another member of the community, a medical professional, An Garda Siochana or others. Defibrillation was attempted in 896 cases in 2022, with 31% of those attempts made before Emergency Medical Services arrived.

"CPR is a simple skill. By knowing what to do you really can be the difference between life and death. By starting CPR, you double or triple a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest.”

Brigid Sinnott, Resuscitation Manager, Irish Heart Foundation

By refreshing your knowledge or picking up CPR as a new skill in 2024, you may save a life. View Irish Heart Foundation approved courses here.


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