The Government's Five-Level Plan to help the country live with Covid-19 for the next nine months. Social and family gatherings in your home or garden: You can have up to 10 visitors from up to three households. Other settings outside your home or garden: Members of different households can continue to meet socially in other settings with strict adherence to the sectoral guidance for those settings. When there is no specific guidance for the meeting, there should be no more than 50 attendees. Weddings: Up to 100 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception. Organised indoor gatherings: These are [...]
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Did you know that sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of heart disease and stroke? The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of us are still working from home. As we adjust to this new way of working, we may find that we are sitting down more than usual. This is because we are no longer popping out for coffee, moving about to go to meetings, or walking or cycling home from the office. A recent survey by the Irish Heart Foundation revealed that more than half of people working from home in Ireland as a result [...]
What is a Stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which is carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, bursts or is blocked by a clot. This causes an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain. This can damage or destroy brain cells which will affect body functions. A stroke is a medical emergency. Therefore, recognising the symptoms and accessing treatment immediately can be crucial. The term ‘stroke’ comes from the fact that it usually happens without warning, ‘striking’ the person from out of the blue. The effects of a stroke on the body are immediate. [...]
Cork City Council are seeking new recruits to join the Cork City Fire Brigade If you think you have the Skills, Physical and Mental Ability and Determination to become a Full-Time Firefighter then this is the perfect opportunity for you. You can download the Candidate Information booklet (link below), which outlines the details of the recruitment process. A questionnaire also needs to be completed on Page 3 & 4 of the booklet prior to submitting your expression of interest.... Wishing all applicants the best of luck in this dynamic role. https://www.corkcity.ie/en/council-services/careers/current-vacancies/?fbclid=IwAR2jCH6zK9CNA_qe4ibzH-B-0AFwvuFKS4ihJsaIAgm9gAcPy5S-4RNeGgs
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. How Germs Spread Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you: • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands • Touch a contaminated surface or objects • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands [...]
On Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 the Emergency Services were called to a local restaurant in Youghal, Co. Cork, where a gentleman had suffered a Cardiac Arrest. Thanks to the swift actions of a local Fisherman, two off duty Paramedics and two Gardaí who began the life saving 'Chain of Survival' by starting CPR and delivering a shock from the nearest communal Defibrillator that was located at the Youghal Post Office. Just two days later another Emergency Call was raised when a second gentleman suffered a Cardia Arrest, two off duty Paramedics on their way home after a busy shift rushed [...]
The Irish Heart Foundation has said that new HSE advice to the public on performing CPR during the current coronavirus pandemic, can help save lives while also limiting the risk of spreading COVID-19. In its new advice, the HSE has outlined a number of steps for people to take into consideration if they decide to perform CPR in the community during the pandemic, as there is a possibility that the person they are performing CPR on, may have the coronavirus. According to the HSE, “At the time of writing this leaflet we know of no case in the world where [...]
UCC students from the College of Medicine and Health are working with the ambulance service to deliver CPR and defibrillation in an emergency. Students from University College Cork (UCC) are helping to save lives by supporting paramedics in the local ambulance service as Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers. UCC Community First Responders (CFR), are students with UCC’s College of Medicine and Health, and they work in conjunction with the National Ambulance Service, to provide support to Cork City’s busy wing of the service. Every UCC CFR volunteer receives extensive training aimed at equipping them with the necessary skills to [...]
Don’t depend on your smart home device to save a life The most important thing to do if you witness a cardiac arrest at home is not to call on your smart home computer but rather to dial 999 or 112 immediately. This is the message from Head of Resus at the Irish Heart Foundation Brigid Sinnott, in response to social media posts currently doing the rounds which state that smart home devices can help you to do CPR in an emergency. In the posts people are advised that in an emergency such as a cardiac arrest, to tell their [...]