This information may save a life - where's the defib?

Blarney GAA is in the fortunate position to have a defibrillator, which is located just outside the main door of the clubhouse in the wall mounted cabinet.

Defibs save lives. That is a fact.

Picture this scene

You see a person clutch their chest, lose all colour in their face, and suddenly fall to the ground, unconscious while displaying no signs of life. The signs mimic that of someone suffering from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). You know CPR, but where’s the closest defibrillator?

Reducing the time it takes to locate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is key. If an AED is applied to a sudden cardiac arrest victim within the first minute of collapse, their chance of survival is 90%. For every minute that passes, their chance of survival drops 10%, leaving a 10 minute ‘window of opportunity’.

Being a great place for sport and with a wide range of people visiting our grounds, we are very aware of the risk that someone at sometime may need help.

How does a defibrillator work?

Defibrillation works by delivering an electrical current through the heart muscle via the defibrillation pads. All electrical activity in the heart is temporarily ceased in the hope that when it returns it will be in a rhythm compatible with an effective pumping motion.

Survival rates are highest when defibrillation is delivered within the first few minutes of the time of collapse. Through greater defibrillator availability and knowledge of location, survival rates of SCA victims will improve.

The defibrillator at Blarney GAA Club is very easy to use, with an automated voice talking you quickly and clearly through how to use it.

Click here to read the history of defibrillation

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