Journey of a Defibrillator
Caption: Dr Sinéad Walsh, Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone with Dr Patrick Kelly, Sgt Martin Moules (Irish Defence Forces), Dr Simon Vicary (RAF) and Mr Peter West (British High Commissoner)
The UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science recently donated one defibrillator and four training units to the Irish mission to Sierra Leone. Dr Patrick Kelly, a member of our UCD CEMS Immediate Care Faculty, led the initiative donating the equipment to Irish staff supporting Operation Gritrock (Getting Ebola to Zero), a multinational effort to assist Sierra Leone.
It’s great to be in a position to support people doing extraordinary work!
noted Ms Mairéad Egan, UCD CEMS Centre Manager.
Dr. Kelly and his colleagues have trained more than 130 staff in Basic Life Support / Automated External Defibrillator (BLS/AED) use over a period of two months. Priorities were embassy medical staff, embassy staff and Sierra Leone Red Cross Society to maintain training.
Dr Sinéad Walsh, Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone presented the UCD CEMS Defibrillator to Dr Patrick Kelly and Sgt Martin Moules (Irish Defence Forces) with Dr Simon Vicary (RAF) and Mr Peter West (British High Commissioner) also in attendance. The Irish Embassy and British High Commission were also presented with IHF Heartsafe Community Awards in recognition of their work.
We send our best wishes to all Irish personnel and their colleagues working in Sierra Leone, a country which has reported over 14,000 case and almost 4,000 deaths in the recent epidemic outbreak.