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BVS Young Scientist Entry-Defib Demo

“Defib Demo-The Heart of the matter”

Emma Kearney, Ciara Moughty, Sarah Mc Cormack.

Aim of the project: Was to develop and design an educational based programme that could be easily used in schools to spread awareness on CPR technique, AED machines and general life saving skills. Through their carefully designed 7 aims they wanted to take the fear out of saving a life.

 

Reason behind their idea was due to the fact that so many people die annually as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. According to the Irish heart foundation 5000 families lose a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest every year. 70% of sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home or community in front of bystanders. Performing CPR and knowing what to do increases a person’s chance of survival by up to 50% so the girls believed there definitely was a need for CPR and AED awareness in schools.

 

The girls carried out a CPR and DEFIB day on Thursday the 27th of November in the school where 1st 2nd and 5th year students took part in a number of lifesaving activities including CPR and learning how to use an AED. They also invited in a guest speaker, Cathal Joyce to speak to the TYS. Cathal suffered a sudden cardiac arrest last year and only for CPR and the AED he would not be alive today. So he emphasized the importance of knowing what to do.

The day was a massive success and according to the girls surveys the students learned a lot and are now more confident to step in, in an emergency. The girls strongly believe that a day like this is needed in every school.

In January the girls represented Ballymahon Vocational School in the RDS at the prestigious BT Young Scientist competition. The girls enjoyed every minute of the experience and received many compliments from the judges and the public on their presentation and public speaking skills. The girls were also awarded a Display Award for their eye-catching and careful designed display. Overall it has to be said that the 3 girls represented Ballymahon Vocational School very well and did their school proud.

 

On Tue the 31st January the girls were invited to the annual LEWTB Board meeting where they presented their project to the board members and were presented with a reward for their efforts.

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