Drogheda Independent

Deep­forde ready for ac­tion with de­fib­ril­la­tor

- By ALI­SON COMYN

DEEP­FORDE es­tate in Drogheda has proudly taken pos­ses­sion of a new 24/7 de­fib­ril­la­tor, in­stalled in a prom­i­nent po­si­tion on the left-hand side wall, just passed the en­trance pil­lars.

It took weeks of or­gan­i­sa­tion by The East Meath Car­diac Re­spon­der Unit to get this in­stalled, and co-or­di­na­tor Jim Shields says he is de­lighted how sup­port­ive the res­i­dents have been.

“Now we have the task of demon­stra­tions on how to per­form CPR and how to use a de­fib­ril­la­tor for up to 500 res­i­dents,” he says with a laugh. “We will do this over the com­ing weeks ad­her­ing to strict so­cial dis­tanc­ing and proper hy­giene mea­sures in place.”

How­ever, it’s no laugh­ing mat­ter if some­one has a heart at­tack, and these sim­ple-to-use ma­chines can save lives.

“If you see some­one in dif­fi­culty, call an am­bu­lance,” he adds, ‘ but the de­fib is in a green box and to re­move there’s two clips at the bot­tom.

Gen­tly open them. Re­move De­fib­ril­la­tor. If used or pads need re­placed con­tact the tele­phone num­ber on the De­fib­ril­la­tor”.

Spe­cial thanks go to Ciaran Leddy and the other res­i­dents for all the hard work that went into get­ting the life­sav­ing De­fib­ril­la­tor in­stalled, and Em­met Gro­gan As­sist Elec­tri­cal and all his team of reg­is­tered elec­tri­cians who have In­stalled nine Pub­lic Ac­cess Defibrilla­tors in the com­mu­nity over the years, free of charge.

“East Meath De­fib­ril­la­tor Unit will be run­ning weekly checks with the as­sis­tance of the res­i­dents, and we will now be demon­strat­ing how to use the Defibrilla­tors ev­ery Satur­day to all res­i­dents,” ex­plains Jim. “So­cial dis­tanc­ing will ap­ply at all times amd some res­i­dents will be do­ing a CPR course.”

Since the group started in­stalling Defibrilla­tors in Lay­town, Bet­tys­town, Morn­ing­ton, Ju­lianstown and Donacar­ney in 2012, this brings the to­tal num­ber to 10, plus they have a spare de­fib­ril­la­tor in case they need to re­move one so the com­mu­nity is not left with­out these im­por­tant life sav­ing de­vices.

“A big shout out to Karen from All Sorts of Pho­tog­ra­phy for her con­tin­ued sup­port, and Firstaid­shop.ie, Pat’s Cen­tra Bet­tys­town, Pats Su­per­mar­ket Lay­town, GT Group, Drogheda In­de­pen­dent, South­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre, Crazy fruit, Meath Crime Pre­ven­tion, Thomas Byrne Auc­tion­eer & Val­uer, LMFM, res­i­dents of Deep­forde, and Drogheda Am­bu­lance Sta­tion,” adds Jim.

“If you would like to know how to use the Defibrilla­tors con­tact us on the face­book page : Face­book.com/east­meathde­fi­bunit, and all res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity can con­tact us via Face­book or email: emdu2019@hot­mail.com and we can book in slots.”

Am­bu­lance con­trol have been no­ti­fied of the lo­ca­tion of De­fib­ril­la­tor Eir­code: A92 E3VC.

 ??  ?? Em­met Gro­gan and team helped mem­bers of the East Meath Car­diac Re­sponse Unit in­stall a new de­fib­ril­la­tor at Deep­forde es­tate.
Em­met Gro­gan and team helped mem­bers of the East Meath Car­diac Re­sponse Unit in­stall a new de­fib­ril­la­tor at Deep­forde es­tate.
 ??  ?? Mem­bers of the East Meath group
Mem­bers of the East Meath group

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