Irish Red Cross wins at RESUS Conference 2013

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Irish Red Cross wins at RESUS Conference 2013

The Irish Red Cross has won the first prize for its research at this year’s RESUS Conference, held in Limerick on Saturday, 27 April. The Scientific Committee of RESUS had called for abstracts for presentation on original research in the fields of resuscitation science, emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.

After review from an international judging panel, the Irish Red Cross poster presentation on Pain Management in Clinical Audit (pictured), based on research undertaken by Niamh O’ Leary and Dr. Andrew Kelly, took the top prize of the day.

As well as presenting poster research abstracts and displaying newly deployed Irish Red Cross ambulances, a number of Irish Red Cross volunteers attend RESUS 2013 including Anthony Lawlor, National Director of Units for the Irish Red Cross. Lawlor said “I’m delighted that the Irish Red Cross has been recognised for the research conducted on our patient care reports as it is an important part of our quality system to ensure an excellent service. I would like to pay tribute to Niamh O’Leary and Dr. Andrew Kelly for conducting this research and presenting this poster at RESUS”.

The research conducted on anonymised Irish Red Cross patient reports is an important part of the Irish Red Cross’ internal quality processes in order to conduct training needs analysis in terms of improving the service for beneficiaries. The Irish Red Cross presented two posters based on such research at RESUS and first price was awarded to the poster based on research focusing on the patient needs in terms of pain management when being treated by Irish Red Cross personnel.

The Irish Red Cross, an auxiliary to the Government and Statutory agencies, has a voluntary ambulance service with over 140 vehicles and 2000 adult uniformed volunteers across the country. It provides first aid and ambulance cover at a variety of community and sporting events across the country as well as back up to the statutory services during crises. Further details can be found on