Multiple All-Ireland camogie champion, Linda Mellerick, has urged sporting clubs across Ireland to invest in defibrillators, which could potentially save lives.
Linda Mellerick, who is Managing Director of GxP Systems, teamed up with Declan O’Mahoney, Chief Executive of HeartSine Technologies, to donate a defibrillator on behalf of the two companies to the camogie team at which she started her career.
Brian Dillons Camogie Club in Cork received a HeartSine defibrillator which can be used by anyone, and talks the user through the steps required including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before administering a “shock” to the victim.
Linda Mellerick, who has been a senior all-Ireland camogie medal winner six times and now oversees the day to day operations of GxP, said:
“I started my career at the Brian Dillons Camogie Club and I am delighted that through GxP Systems, I have been able to assist with the donation of a defibrillator to the club which holds fond memories for me.
“Unfortunately, no one is immune to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Not even the youngest or the fittest of athletes. It can literally happen to anyone at any time.
“A high profile example of this was Bolton footballer, Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a SCA and collapsed on the pitch in front of thousands of spectators. A defibrillator, such as the one donated to the camogie club, was used to treat him at the scene.
“Survival rates of SCA with CPR alone are less than 5%. When CPR is combined with the use of a defibrillator to ‘shock’ the heart back into rhythm, survival rates can increase to 70%.
“Purchasing a defibrillator is a small price to pay if it is going to save a life.
“Sports teams across Ireland regularly run successful fundraising initiatives for various activities and I urge them to consider raising funds for a defibrillator at their club.
“This will not only protect the lives of club members, but also the lives of their loved ones who come to support them and peers who use the same facilities to train or compete. They will have access to the device which is appropriately located and accessible to the clubhouse and pitches.”
Automated defibrillators can be used by anyone, with little, or even no first aid training, as they talk the rescuer through the entire ‘save’ process step by step.
“Many people wrongly believe that the use of defibrillators is restricted to medical professionals. This is certainly not the case and to prove how easy they can be accessed and used, GxP and HeartSine arranged for training to be provided to several members of the camogie club.”
HeartSine, the only manufacturer of AEDs in Ireland and the UK, distribute their devices, which are manufactured in Belfast, in more than 40 countries across the world. The units are deployed on board airlines, fishing fleets, in the White House, in offices and schools and at hundreds of sports clubs across Ireland.
HeartSine Chief Executive, Declan O’Mahoney, said:
“For every minute a defibrillator ‘shock’ is delayed, the chances of surviving SCA decrease by 10%. Considering the majority of SCA cases happen outside of a medical setting, it is vital that defibrillators can be accessed quickly in public places and within communities.
“Despite the fact that more people die of SCA than in a fire every single day, we all know where the nearest fire extinguisher is in the cinema or in a restaurant, but the majority of people probably wouldn’t know if the establishment had a defibrillator.
“I hope that the defibrillator donated to Brian Dillons Camogie Club never has to be used, but hopefully it will reassure members and supporters that it is there and can be easily accessed should it be required.”
For more information on the various types of defibrillator available and how your sports team or organisation can arrange the placement of a device, please visit es.heartsine.com
HeartSine can also be contacted through Facebook and Twitter – @HeartSine
CAMOGIE CHAMPION URGES SPORTS CLUBS TO INVEST IN LIFESAVING DEFIBRILLATORS: All Ireland camogie medal winner Linda Mellerick, has urged sports clubs across Ireland to invest in lifesaving defibrillators to protect their members from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Defibrillators, which ‘shock’ the heart back into rhythm, can be used by anyone at any time and can see survival rates increase to 70%. Linda Mellerick, Managing Director of GxP Systems teamed up with HeartSine Technologies, the only manufacturer of defibrillators in the UK or Ireland, to donate a device to Brian Dillons Camogie Club in Cork where she started her career. Along with Declan O’Mahoney, Chief Executive of HeartSine Technologies, she presented the defibrillator to U16 players at the club, Mary O’Sullivan, Club Chairperson, Veronica Deane, Vice President of the Club, and Club mentors who received defibrillator and CPR training.