SafetyMate device makes first aid interactive

8 Mar 2011

Ireland’s first interactive and bilingual first aid device, SafetyMate, has been launched by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh at the Foras na Gaeilge headquarters in Dublin.

This handheld device delivers step-by-step audio instructions in both Irish and English. It gives up-to-date first aid and CPR information for more than 30 types of emergencies and is ideal for use in homes, schools, offices, sports clubs and industrial settings.

The inspiration for introducing SafetyMate to Ireland came about when Marion Morrissey of Safe Aid Training, a Limerick-based health and safety training company, experienced the near-death of her infant daughter and realised how ill-equipped so many people are when it comes to dealing with medical emergencies.

“As a trained nurse, I knew what to do in my child’s situation, but if people don’t know how to respond to medical emergencies, the situation can become fatal in a matter of minutes,” said Morrissey.

“SafetyMate guides you through the situation by telling you exactly what to do and just as importantly, what not to do.”

Instructions in either Irish or English

Through collaboration between SafetyMate and its language partners Foras na Gaeilge, users will have the choice of receiving instructions either as Gaeilge or in English.

“This is a product that every sports club, school and office should have,” said Ó Muircheartaigh. “I’ve no doubt that sports clubs in particular will find this really useful and that it will become an essential part of their first aid equipment. I commend Safe Aid on providing such an innovative new product to the Irish market.”

SafetyMate adheres to the American Heart Foundation CPR guidelines which are followed by the Irish Heart Foundation. The unit is also future proof as all you need to do is insert a new SD card if health and safety guidelines change.

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