Training in Wicklow Cardiac First Responders consists of one full weekend, (Saturday and Sunday usually) It will be carried out under the supervision of the National Ambulance Service and will include Adult, Paediatrics and Infant CPR, Foreign Body Airway Obstruction, use of Automated External Defbrillators (AEDs), Chest Pain Management, Oxygen Administration, F.A.S.T. for possible Stroke detection,  Patient Report Form and other aspects .

The following equipment is suggested fo Cardiac First Responders training:

  • Infant, child and adult mannequin.
  • Trainer AED (Trainer AED should be the same as the ‘live’ AED).
  • Pocket Face Masks for each responder in group.
  • Gloves.
  • Oxygen Bottle.
  • Mannequin Wipes.
  • Training DVD’s are available from the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF).

(All equipment for the Kit Bag (except the Automated External Defibrillator)  for will be supplied by the National Ambulance Service (NAS).

When up and running groups will periodically have to be revalidated. This will initially be carried out by the Wicklow Cardiac First Responder Cardiac First Responder Instructors (CFR Instructors).

What Type Of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Should You Have?

Each Wicklow Cardiac First Responder group purchase their own Automated External Defibrillator for placement in the Kit Bag. Many of the Wicklow Cardiac First Responder Groups purchase Automated External Defibrillators for placement in their Communities and provide training in there use. These are called and are Public Access Defibrillators (PAD). It is necessary to have the equivalent Trainer  Automated External Defibrillator to totally familiarise the trainee with their equipment.

Groups should consider the following publication before purchasing a Automated External Defibrillator.

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