More than 50,000 trained in lifesaving CPR in just 6 months

By June Shannon CPR News   |   7th Feb 2019

The number of people trained in CPR through the Irish Heart Foundation continues to rise

More than 50,000 people were trained in lifesaving CPR in just six months in 2018 through the Irish Heart Foundation and its affiliated training sites.

According to the latest figures, a total of 54,510 people were trained in CPR between 01 July and 31 December 2018, this includes more than 11,000 individuals who were trained through the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme. The remainder were trained by 2,145 Irish Heart Foundation CPR instructors at 196 affiliated training sites throughout the country. These sites are affiliated to the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR programme and teach the standardised CPR courses developed by the American Heart Association (AHA), the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and the Irish Heart Foundation.

"The more people trained in CPR, the more lives will be saved,"

Ms Brigid Sinnott, Resus Manager, The Irish Heart Foundation

The 54,510 people trained in CPR between 01 July and 31 December 2018 represents an increase of almost 10,000 on the 46,190 trained in the same period in 2017.

The new CPR training figures for the last six months of 2018 show that the number of people trained in lifesaving CPR by the Irish Heart Foundation continues to rise year on year. This is in line with figures from July 2017 to June 2018 when the Irish Heart Foundation, through its CPR instructor network,trained 120,000 people, setting a new record and almost doubling the numbers of people trained in the same period in 2016/17.

Commenting on the new figures of 54,510 people trained in the second half of 2018, Ms Brigid Sinnott, Resus Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation said, “the more people trained in CPR the more lives will be saved. We are delighted to see an increase in the number of people trained in CPR on an annual basis.”

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