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Sligo principal wants defibrillators for schools throughout the country

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The Sligo Champion






Bernard Mulhern, Principal of St. John's National School, Temple Street, Sligo, said the recent spate of tragedies involving sudden deaths of young people underlined the urgent need for more defibrillators to be made available.He said that all schools, colleges and sports clubs should be equipped as a matter of urgency with an automated external defibrillator.Mr. Mulhern madThe Principal of a local national school has called on the Department of Education and Science to allocate funding for the provision of defibrillators at schools and colleges throughout the country.

Bernard Mulhern, Principal of St. John's National School, Temple Street, Sligo, said the recent spate of tragedies involving sudden deaths of young people underlined the urgent need for more defibrillators to be made available.

He said that all schools, colleges and sports clubs should be equipped as a matter of urgency with an automated external defibrillator.

Mr. Mulhern made his comments after a demonstration on the use of defibrillators at St John's National School yesterday by Mr. Cyril Johnston, Fleming's medical representative

Over the past number of years, there has been a growing awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCD), particularly among young adults, including cases of sudden death in high profile athletes.

Using internationally comparable data, it is estimated that SCD could account for about 5,000 deaths annually in Ireland across all age groups.

The only definitive treatment in cases of sudden cardiac arrest is a defibrillation shock. The chances of an SCA victim's survival decreases by 10% for every minute that passes, so in order to be effective, defibrillation treatment must be administered within the first few minutes of SCA.

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