The Irish Heart Foundation’s new F.A.S.T. campaign raises awareness of the signs of stroke and importance of getting urgent medical attention Almost half of Irish people would not call an ambulance immediately if they suffered a stroke, a worrying new survey has revealed. The survey of more than 1,000 Irish people commissioned by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Government of Ireland, shows that just 55 per cent of those surveyed would dial 999 or 112 immediately if they suffered a stroke despite the fact that stroke is a medical emergency. The Ipsos MRBI survey of [...]
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Return to Work Safely Induction: This course has been developed to help you to understand the Return to Work Safely (RTWS) Protocol requirements for returning to work safely. One of these requirements is that workers must complete induction training. Your employer will provide additional information, advice and training on COVID-19 measures in your workplace, including an outline of their COVID-19 Response Plan, and points of contact for addressing COVID-related matters during work. This course has been designed to help you to understand the Protocol requirements for returning to work. It is a requirement of the Protocol that workers must complete [...]
Every seven seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And we encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives. We offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. In prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working [...]
The many varied voices in your teenagers head After 8 years of working with teenagers (male and female) Eileen Haly of Jump Start Your Confidence has put together a few thoughts for parents from the teenagers perspective. Many of these thoughts we may not think about but we do need to. There are many stressors in parenting teenagers today but there are many ways to make this experience a more positive one for the parent and the teenager. There will never be anyone more important than you in your teenagers life (not always visible!) but it is true. Think of [...]
Are you a Cardiac First Responder? Would you like to be? A Cardiac First Responder (CFR) is a person trained to a minimum level of basic life support in CPR and the use of an AED/defibrillator, who attends an actual or potentially life threatening emergency such as a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke or choking. Rural areas and ambulance response times In rural areas around Ireland an ambulance may need to travel a long distance to assist someone suffering from a cardiac or respiratory arrest, ineffective breathing or choking. In such instances time is crucial, that is why the HSE [...]
Turners Cross Community are offering FREE Certified Irish Heart Foundation CPR & Defibrillator (AED Heartsaver) training to their community Joe Curtin and his team at Turners Cross Community are seeking people who work or live in the Turners Cross area to nominate themselves to be trained to learn CPR use a Defibrillator. Joe said that "We hope that local group leaders, residents and community members will avail of this opportunity for FREE Life Saving training. Depending on the take-up several dates will be considered and are to still be finalised. If you or someone you know is interested, please email [...]
Restart A Heart Day runs each year when across the globe we raise awareness of CPR and how important it is for us all to know how we can save a life using just our hands. Why is it important that we all know how to perform CPR? Every year in Ireland thousands of people die from a cardiac arrest. Around 70% of these deaths happen at home, in front of a loved one. Which means that if someone you love suffers a cardiac arrest, you could be their best chance of survival. To counter this, the IHF has developed [...]
As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is no better time to get informed and make sure your loved ones are too CURRENT STATISTICS IN IRELAND 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime Incidence of male breast cancer is 1 in 1000 – around 22 men develop breast cancer in Ireland each year We have 3100 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Approximately 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50 years. WARNING [...]
On behalf of Cork City First Responders, Pat Carroll (Scheme Coordinator), sincerely thanked the Condon family including the nieces and nephews of the late Sharon Condon from Farranree Cork. The family held a major fund-raising drive to purchase three defibrillators, donating two of them to the Cork City First Responder scheme and the third to the Cope Foundation in Hollyhill where Sharon was a service user. The family also made a donation to the Irish Cancer Society. Ensuring Sharon’s legacy lives on through others, these life saving defibrillators have been commissioned and will be used by the Cork City First [...]
Smokers are worried at this time with the Covid-19 respiratory disease running rampant across the globe, and people with unhealthy lifestyle habits appear to be especially vulnerable. We all know smokers hospitalised with COVID-19 are more likely to become severely unwell more than non-smokers with the disease. At any point in time, most smokers want to quit, and COVID-19 provides the impetus to do it sooner rather than later. The Conversation.com surveyed 1,204 adult smokers across Australia and the United Kingdom and found the proportion intending to quit within the next two weeks almost tripled from around 10% of smokers [...]