Mayo ICRR is happy to announce the following activity for Q3 of 2016. It has been quite a busy period for our volunteer doctor, with a further increase in activity of 16% on our previous quarter.
In the third quarter of 2016 Mayo ICRR has responded to a total of 43 calls for assistance from the HSE National Ambulance Service. This included 3 road traffic collisions, 5 cardiac arrests and a number of critically ill and injured patients, both adults and children. Our volunteer doctor responds to an average of 3 calls per week. In many cases, interventions were performed on-scene that otherwise would not have been done until after the patient arrived in hospital.
On one particular call-out to a cardiac arrest call our doctor was quickly on-scene and worked with members of the public who continued to perform CPR which allowed our doctor to provide advanced care and the combined efforts successfully resuscitated the patient. He then travelled to hospital with the patient and the HSE ambulance crew, continuing to provide care en route. This is an excellent example of the chain of survival in action and shows the importance of community-based responders.
Mayo ICRR relies on the support of the local community which it serves. We urgently need both financial and practical support. We have a role to suit most people. If you would like to become involved please see www.mayoicrr.ie/help.