Sixty people from Leitrim learned the life-saving skill of CPR at three free training courses in The Mayflower, Drumshanbo, recently.
The courses were conducted under the Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘Hands for Life’ life-saving initiative.
The training was promoted by Leitrim PPN, Leitrim Development Company and supported Abbott and ESB Networks.
Three one-hour training sessions took place.
Participants learned basic CPR, as well as receiving information on recognising a stroke, how to deal with choking and learning the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack.
The training follows on from the Leitrim Defibrillator Mapping Project – carried out by Leitrim PPN in collaboration with Leitrim Development Company.
This initiative has been shortlisted for an Excellence in Local Government Awards.
Last year in Ireland, there were more than 5,000 cardiac arrests and 70 per cent of these happened in the home.
CPR is recognised as a vital step in the chain of survival.
Anyone who has been taught CPR is ten times more likely to respond appropriately in an emergency.
For more details on the Irish Heart Foundation, ‘Hands for Life’ training CLICK HERE