Irish sports clubs, community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities can now take advantage of the Sports Capital Programme to receive a grant for a defibrillator. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 April 2015.
New legislation introduced will make it a legal requirement to have defibrillators installed in public areas under the Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to shock the heart in the event of a life threating situation where an individual is having a cardiac arrest. The shock provided by the electronic defibrillator helps the heart to regain its normal pattern of heat beat. AED’s are battery operated devices and are stored in locations where there are large crowds of people.
A HIQA report published in December 2014 has outlined that over 50 lives can be saved yearly by providing defibrillators in public places.