Our CPR Mission

Our Mission is your mission

You are vital link in a chain in your community, in your workplace, and in your home life. If a loved one or someone you know goes into cardiac arrest, then their main chance of survival is you. Not an ambulance. Not a passerby. You and your hands.

The mission of our CPR training programme is to strengthen your role in the ‘Chain of Survival’ in every community and aspect of life in Ireland. To turn you into a future lifesaver. The good news is that it is very easy and very possible for anyone to learn what to do and be ready to save a life.


What is the ‘Chain of Survival’ in my community?

The chain of survival consists of five vital links to saving a life. Each one can be the difference between life and death – and the first three links are up to you.

1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
2. Early CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) with an emphasis on chest compressions
3. Rapid defibrillation
4. Effective advanced life support
5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care

If a person goes into cardiac arrest and the chain of survival is not activated immediately, that person’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent for every minute that CPR and defibrillation aren’t being performed. If CPR is not initiated within 10 minutes, the chance of survival is near zero.

However the first three links of the chain can be completed by anyone, and so it is vital that bystanders like you are able and willing to take action quickly to help increase the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest. The current rate of survival from a cardiac arrest in Ireland, according to the latest Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Report, is 7.8%. ~70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home.

We’ll make sure you’re ready.

The Irish Heart Foundation is the only training provider in Ireland to offer certified courses across the full length of the chain of survival. Over 80,000 people every year are trained in CPR through our programmes.

Our range of courses are designed for everyone and anyone, from healthcare professionals to community groups, workplace and home life. The courses are certified to the standard of the American Heart Association’s international ECC Training Programme; we also have a range of courses recognised by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) which is the statutory agency responsible for standards, education and training in the field of pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland.

Allow us to help you and your workplace, family and friends, and community to be ready.

View our range of courses here.

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