St John Ambulance to give public CPR demonstrations

One of the country’s largest voluntary first-aid organisations will perform CPR demos in Cork this weekend in a bid to encourage more people to learn the technique.

St John Ambulance  to give public  CPR demonstrations

Members of the Glanmire branch of the St John Ambulance will stage the demos from 9am to 5pm at the local SuperValu outlet tomorrow. They will show members of the public how to perform chest compression-only cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

This is considered the best technique for untrained members of the public who come upon an emergency situation where CPR could help until medical help arrives.

But they will also demonstrate full CPR, which combines the compression and breath techniques, and which is taught on its first-aid courses.

Branch spokesman, Alan Barry, said they hope to encourage people to sign up for the St John Ambulance first-aid course which begins in Glanmire Community College in September.

“Performing CPR on a casualty can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation,” he said.

The first-aid course, which trains people to deal with fractures, burns, and bleeding, will also train people to perform CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator, which delivers a shock to a patient’s heart.

The €100, seven-week course, runs on Monday nights and leads to a basic first-aid certification.

St John Ambulance also runs First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician training courses for its members.

All St John Ambulance members give their time voluntarily to provide first aid at public events.

For information on the courses email glanmire@ stjohnambualance.ie or log onto www.stjohn.ie

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