Survey re Emergency Life Support

To:  Secretaries of Affiliated Sports Clubs


In February 2012 the Northern Ireland Assembly debated a motion on the provision of Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills training to every school, community and workplace in Northern Ireland.

Each year in Northern Ireland approximately 1,300 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital environment.  ELS (Emergency Life Support) skills are the key set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives.  It includes performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); dealing with choking and serious bleeding; recognising concussion, how to put someone in the recovery position, and helping someone who may be having a heart attack.

The sports sector can have a significant impact on communities that engage in sporting activities and the facilities we provide and therefore DCAL, its Arms Length Bodies, Sports Governing Bodies and affiliated sports clubs have an important role to play in terms of providing access to people trained with vital ELS skills and equipment.

Ulster Tennis ask that all affiliated Clubs complete the survey attached. This survey will provide an overview of the current ability of the tennis sector to respond to life threatening incidents in terms of the numbers of people trained in CPT and/or use of defibrillator units and also to assess the current availability of defibrillators across the sector. 

I should be obliged for your response to the survey directly to DCAL (using the address/email below) by Friday 3rd January 2014.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by post to Mark Crockard, DCAL Sport Special Projects Unit, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Causeway Exchange,  1- 7 Bedford Street, BELFAST BT2 7EG


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