Laois people urged to avail of free online life-saving demos

Laois people urged to avail of free online life-saving demos

An Irish First Aid supplier is calling on workplaces and communities in Laois to avail of online training on life saving equipment.


First Aid Supplies ® are organising a series of free online demonstrations for workplaces, community groups, farming bodies, schools and the hospitality sector to help people become familiar with the BeneHeart defibrillator which is the most user friendly defib in Ireland.


Latest figures show that 5,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest in Ireland, an average of 14 per day. For every minute that passes after a cardiac arrest, the chances of recovery are reduced by a staggering 7% to 10%.


Having early access to CPR and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) are critical steps in the cardiac chain of survival, according to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), the regulator for emergency medical services in Ireland.


Managing Director of First Aid Supplies, Gerry Breen says the response to their online demonstrations of the ‘BeneHeart’ defibrillator has been very encouraging.

Laois people urged to avail of free online life-saving demos

“Serious cardiac events normally happen without warning and rapid response is critical; people literally have minutes and that is why defibrillators are so important”.


“Communities were doing  a lot of work training local First Responders in the use of defibrillators but the outbreak of Covid 19 put the brakes on this; however serious cardiac arrests continue, and may even be exacerbated by the stress associated with the Pandemic, and so we are organising a series of online demonstrations for workplaces to teach people how to use the Beneheart defibrillator.


“We have a team of trainers located around Tipperary who can demonstrate, online for now, how Beneheart works. A lot of people are unsure as to how to use defibrillators, they see them on walls outside premises and are almost intimidated to use them. We are committed to making people feel both competent and comfortable around them. Beneheart is truly revolutionary in that it is the fastest, smartest, and easiest to use model on the market in Ireland. Its instructions are available if requested in two languages, English and Polish and it has voice commands that give more guidance to less experienced rescuers and continuous encouragement during CPR process.”


“It is a powerful piece of equipment with escalating levels of shock, different levels for adults and children and with instructive visuals on the ‘with screen’ model that match selected adult or child patients. With overweight patients it automatically gives a stronger shock.”.


“I am urging people in Laois to get in touch and participate in the free online demos and learn how to use these crucial pieces of life saving equipment”.


“The online training is very user friendly and people who have availed of the demonstrations say they have equipped them with knowledge that will last a lifetime and probably will be a lifeline for somebody”.


Workplaces can contact to organise their free online demonstrations Freephone 1800 347782