Be Prepared!

There has been much publicity in recent weeks highlighting the important role defibrillators can play in sports clubs
Many GAA Clubs in the county have purchased defibrillators. Kerry Co Board has provided training in their use. There was a very good take up at these training courses. Many defibrillators are now housed in shiny new boxes at club grounds throughout the county.
Let's pose some obvious questions. If an incident of sudden cardiac arrest occurred are we ready to deal with the medical emergency? Is the battery in the defibrillator charged? Do the club officials know where the defibrillator is stored? Is there a key available to access the equipment? Is there a trained person on site to defib.jpgassist the injured party?
All GAA Clubs in the county should carry out an audit of their safety equipment. They should test their defibrillator, regularly, to ensure that it is in perfect working order. Battery failure is the most common fault found in defibrillators. It is essential that a rota of trained personnel be put in place, so that there is someone on site that can offer the necessary assistance to the injured person.
The regularity of incidents of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (approximately 180,000 to 250,000 people die suddenly of this cause every year in the US) means that there is an onus on clubs to ensure that the necessary precautions are put in place to minimise the consequences of this terrible event.
The GAA provides the Samaritan PAD defibrillator for its clubs at the special price of €1,075 through Heartsafety Solutions. Please contact Heartsafety Solutions on 1850-432-787 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details on what is a guaranteed Irish product.

Keeping club members trained in the use of defibrillators is as important as having a defibrillator in the first place. The Irish Heart Foundation website is a good resource for training information. It lists different providers around the country and can be found athttp://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/affiliated-training-sites-t-9_255.html. In addition, Heartsafety Solutions provide training at a very competitive rate and can be contacted at the number listed above.

As you will recall the Tyrone Footballer, Cormac Mc Anallen died in March 2004 of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. The Cormac Trust was set up in 2006 to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. If you wish to learn more about Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, please visit www.thecormactrust.com.