A well trained First Aider saved a life in Portmarnock

We received a phone call from a participant of one of our first aid courses in Dublin earlier this year which made our day. Ray Steers rang us to tell us a  story that happened on Thursday 1st December on Portmarnock Sports and Leisure club.

He kindly agreed to put his story in an email to describe what happened:

“Hi Siobhan

Great news from two of your well trained students. Last thurs night a young man of 20 collapsed with heart failure on the football pitch in Portmarnock Leisure Centre.

A security guard alerted me as he knew I was a first aider, he said a guy was having a seizure of some sort. I sprinted down to the pitch and discovered that in fact he was dead, no pulse not breathing, he had been like this for 3 minutes.

I immediately started CPR. My friend john heard that there was a problem and grabbed the defibrillator from the bar and followed me. While I was giving CPR john opened the AED and applied the pads. Shock advised!

We kept everyone away, including his dad who was trying to hold him, the shock was given and he responded with gasping breaths but was not conscious, we continued to assist while AED was analyising constantly. We put him in recovery position and Barry kept the airway clear, as he had vomited during my CPR.

The CPR had kept blood and oxygen to his brain and the AED restarted his heart. He is now alive and well.
His dad told me it was the best christmas present he could have wished for. The man we saved is the same age as my own son who was present at the time. I was so happy for his dad.

By the way co-incidentally today is sudden adult death syndrome awareness day. Anyone who reads this story, with a happy ending should get out there NOW and do a refresher course!”

This is an amazing story. It made us really proud that we trained Ray twice in the last 2 years. This training and our strong emphasis on CPR and AED even on a 1 day Basic First Aid training course paid off and helped to save a life.

We are very proud of Ray and hope that this story highlights the need why everybody in this country should be trained in First Aid.

If you are interested in organising a CPR & AED course please call us or check out further information on our first aid courses in Dublin here.



Win Essential First Aid Items worth €75

Be prepared this Christmas to handle all the small and big accidents you may encounter.

First Aid For Everyone gives you the chance to win a great selection of essential First Aid products worth €75.

Our “First Aid hamper” contains a large family size First Aid kit which every household should have. It contains all the important ingredients from plasters and bandages to eye irrigation and CPR mouth shields. There is also a small brochure with essential First Aid treatments included.

You will also get the following:

  • a travel size First Aid kit, ideal for car and your suitcase.
  • an audio CD which teaches you First Aid. Perfect for listening in the car on your way to work.
  • an instant ice pack a burns dressing and burn gel.
  • triangular bandages
  • a foil blanket to treat hypothermia.

In order to learn how and when to use all these items we will provide a Paediatric First Aid book as well as a child safety DVD which contains plenty of tips for parents.

To be in with a chance to win please register on rollercoaster.ie by the 7th December.

If you are interested in booking a place on one of our public Paediatric First Aid courses in Dublin or if you want to organise a First Aid for Mums & Dads course in your own home please contact us.


A Christmas present from First Aid For Everyone

It is less than 5 weeks till Christmas. The car parks in shopping centers are already packed. The conversation of more and more people becomes focused on the all important question “Do you know what you will give for Christmas?”

Are you one of these people?

Are your friends and family already sorted with hats, scarfs, socks and ties?

Why don’t you buy them a Gift Voucher from First Aid For Everyone? A voucher for one of our 1 day First Aid courses in Dublin will give one of your loved ones the opportunity to learn potentially life saving skills. In an emergency these skills can make the difference between life and death.


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Head injury – a real life story

It happened last Sunday at an Irish Dancing Feis on the North side of Dublin. My wife was there with our two daughters. During a short break Siobhan went to get herself a coffee. On her way to the little coffee shop she saw a little girl getting sick.

She didn’t think much about it as this is not uncommon. However this changed quickly when she overheard the mother talking to a bystander. She mentioned that the girl fell about an hour ago and hit her head.

Siobhan offered her help. Once the mother found out that Siobhan is a First Aider and a nurse she was relieved and handed over.

It turned out that the little girl aged 3 stood in her buggy, lost balance and fell head first on the pavement. After the usual crying the child got sleepy and dozed off. Again there was nothing unusual about that as it was her regular nap time.

However when she woke up she complained of headaches. Minutes later she vomited. That was the point when Siobhan got involved.

The child was very agitated at this stage. She was brought into a small room away from the gathering crowd. Siobhan managed to calm the child down by lying her on a make shift bed and got her mother to lie behind her. That way she was always in control and was able to observe her closely.

Soon after the child calmed down another woman made herself known and offered her help. As it turned out she was a nurse in an intensive care unit in a Dublin hospital.

It didn’t take long before the two of them got worried. The little girl seemed to get drowsy and it became more and more difficult to wake her up. A decision was made to call an ambulance. It arrived within minutes. The paramedics took over. At this stage the child did barely react to a hard pinch at her arm. She was transferred to a large Dublin hospital from where the mother rang that evening. She told Siobhan that her daughter was kept as an inpatient for observation and potentially further investigation.

What can you learn from this real life story?

  • Never underestimate a head injury!
  • You don’t necessarily see the impact straight away! It can take several hours before a casualty shows symptoms.
  • If the person involved starts vomiting after a head injury seek medical advice! It is a cardinal sign for a concussion (severe shaking of the brain)
  • Watch out for any unusual signs up to 48 hours after the event. Should the casualty start vomiting within that time keep the head injury in the back of your mind.
  • Check for bloody or clear fluid coming from the nose or ears – don’t hesitate and call an ambulance
  • If the victim becomes drowsy or even unconscious call an ambulance. If that happens stay with the victim as they can vomit at any stage and aspirate. Life threatening!
  • If necessary put the casualty into the recovery position.

For more detailed information please read our First Aid tip for head injuries.

We wish the little girl and her mum all the best and hope that they will both recover from the shock.

(P.S. The picture is not the child we are talking about. It’s a little boy who came off his bicycle. The bump on the head – would you use an ice pack? Why or why not?)

We would love to hear your opinion.

Attend one of our 1 day First Aid courses in Dublin to learn how to deal with head injuries and many other medical emergencies.