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Croke Park 1st. Heartsafe Stadium

posted 31 Aug 2010, 07:14 by Unknown user   [ updated 31 Aug 2010, 07:16 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]




Croke Park has become the first Heartsafe Stadium in Ireland in

recognition of the level of care provided by the GAA and the

facilities at the stadium.


The Heartsafe Community Programme is an Irish Heart Foundation

initiative, launched by President Mary McAleese in March 2005, which

aims to encourage all communities to strengthen every link in the

'Chain of Survival' in their community.


Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana congratulated all

involved in helping Croke Park to gain a standard that underlines the

top class facilities available at the stadium.


He said: "We take our responsibilities in this area very seriously and

I am delighted to acknowledge the fact that Páirc an Chrócaigh is the

first stadium in the country to be awarded this accolade.


"We promote best practice in this area, not just here at Croke Park

but across all levels of the Association and we ask all our units to

be mindful of the role they can play in raising awareness of the

threat to heart disease amongst our members and the wider public."


The certification of Croke Park as Ireland's first Heartsafe Stadium

forms part of the Association's efforts to increase resources and

awareness in the area of cardiac survival.


Michael O'Shea, Chief Executive, Irish Heart Foundation added: "The

GAA has shown great initiative already by providing AEDs at every

county training ground and by encouraging every club to purchase the

instruments. But today marks the first time a national stadium has won

the Heartsafe Award. We hope all sports clubs around the country,

national and local, will follow the Croke Park example to become



Since 2007 the GAA have sold approximately 800 defibrillators to clubs

throughout Ireland that has seen thousands of people of all ages

trained in the effective use of defibrillators.


In addition in January this year all inter-county referees were also

trained in the use of defibrillators. The GAA's Medical, Scientific

and Welfare Committee are committed to further efforts in this area

and welcome this award to Croke Park.


The 'Chain of Survival' concept as devised by the Irish Heart

Foundation comprises four vital links that can save a life: Early

Access, Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Early Defibrillation and

Early Advanced Care.


Cardiovascular disease is Ireland's biggest killer disease with over

10,000 deaths each year. Some 5,000 of these fatalities are from

sudden cardiac arrest and, as 70% of these occur out of hospital, it

is imperative that communities, schools and businesses are equipped

and prepared to respond. The current survival rate from an

out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Ireland is as low as 1%.


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