Roscommon Rapid Response plan series of meetings to increase survival rate for cardiac arrest

A series of public meetings will be held across Roscommon and east Galway over the next couple of weeks as part of an ambitious programme to dramatically increase the survival rate for cardiac arrest in the area.

The project is being designed by Roscommon Rapid Response, with grant aid support from the Leader programme.

The current rate of survival for anyone suffering a cardiac arrest in Roscommon is between 3 and 5%, but the organisers of the project hope to increase that to 25%, saving the lives of an extra 30 people each year.

Stage 1 of the project is to conduct a survey of existing defibrillators in the county, and people trained in rapid response.

The ultimate aim is to have a special app developed which will tell anyone who comes on an emergency scene the location of the nearest defibrillator and the nearest trained responder.

The first meeting takes place in Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon on next Monday.

John McDermott from Roscommon Rapid Response says the more specific information gives people a much better chance…