CPR & Defibrillation

CPR & Defibrillation

The number one killer in Ireland is Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome, killing more than 16,000 people a year. It can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time and in most cases without warning. Now there is something you can do to improve the survivability of sudden cardiac arrest in Ireland with a solution that is both easy to use and extremely affordable.

The cure for most cases of sudden cardiac arrest
is immediate treatment with a defibrillator. However
in the absence of a defibrillator CPR has been
proven to increase the victims chances greatly
until trained help arrives

Time to defibrillation is the most critical factor in
survival of sudden cardiac arrest . If an AED is
“on-site” within two minutes there is an 80% chance
that the victim will survive. This is one of the reasons that survival rates improve in areas with active AED programmes. Remember, every minute that
passes before defibrillation the survival rate reduces by 7-10 percent.Currently in Ireland the survivability rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest is 1%

What is CPR ?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest. CPR is performed in hospitals, or in the community by laypersons or by emergency response professionals.

What is an AED ?

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient,[1] and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layman, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, first responder and basic life support (BLS) level CPR classes

Course Duration:                   Approx 3- 4 Hrs

No of students                       6

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to give the student the skills and knowledge required to be proficient in CPR Techniques and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator

Course Outline

The course is bases on a “see and do” method where the instructor plays a video which the students watch, then the video is paused and the students are given a chance to practice what they have seen.


There will be an assessment at the end of the course where the students will be assessed individually on their techniques, those who pass the assessment will get a card from the Irish Heart Foundation valid for two years


For more information about CPR & Defibrillation Training please contact us at our West Waterford Offices