If you are aware of a Public Access Defibrillator (ie a defib not located at a workplace or medical centre) then you should know the Irish Red Cross will check it for FREE.
There are an estimated 8,000 - 10,000 Public Access Defibrillators (also known as Automated External Defibrillator or AEDs) in Ireland. But there is evidence that some are not being checked regularly and therefore may not be working. A study by the Health Information and Quality Assurance Authority (Hiqa) found instances of battery failure and inaccessible location of defibs.
That's why the 111 Units of the Irish Red Cross are offering free defib testing to any not-for-profit organisation.
Get your free AED test by emaing email@example.com now.
Public Access Defibrillators are AEDs placed in strategic locations in the community for public use in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Despite the name, many defibs are in fact located in sports clubs and other places not, strictly speaking, accessible to the general public.
A defibrillator used by a trained person increases the survival rate from Sudden Cardiac Arrest by 50% if CPR and defibrillation occurs within the first four minutes of the incident. Survival rates diminish at a rate of 7 – 10 per cent for every minute thereafter.
There are three main types of Public Access Defibrillators:
1. Devices for use by uniformed first responders such as the Garda Síochána or fire service.
2. Devices positioned in public buildings and communal areas (eg shopping centres, sports clubs, open public spaces) intended for emergency use by any member of the public.
3. Devices held by volunteer Community First Responder groups trained in treating cardiac arrest.
If your organisation is not-for-profit and has an AED more than two years old, then the Irish Red Cross is offering to conduct a free defib check. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for one of our Units to visit onsite and carry out a 13-point defib check.
To find out more about why we are offering this service, see Red Cross units nationwide offer free checks after defibrillator failure reported to Coroner.