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OHCAR MapThe National Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register (OHCAR) The National Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register (OHCAR) project was established in June 2007 in response to a recommendation in the “Report of the Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Death”.

The need for OHCAR has been reinforced in the policy document “Changing Cardiovascular Health” and the “Emergency Medicine Programme Strategy”.  Since 2012, OHCAR has become one of a small number of OHCA registries in Europe with national coverage.

Many other European countries operate out of hospital cardiac (OHCA) arrest registers with partial geographical and/or intermittent coverage.

Please click the link below to read the latest report.


OHCAR 2015 Annual Report

We are delighted to announce that Bank Of Ireland staff will be donating 12 more defibrillators to Community First Responder groups in 2017.

This is part of a commitment by Bank of Ireland to donate defibrillators to CFR schemes nationwide in 2017, following on from successful programmes in 2014, 2015 & 2016.

The 2017 donation was made as part of Bank of Ireland’s, “Be at Your Best” programme where staff hosted a number of fundraising activities including a “Couch to 5k Run”, a Trek in the Dublin Mountains, and various other health related activities.

defib2Across the different events thousands of employees took part and arising from the fundraising success, the Bank made the decision to continue their support of Community First Responder schemes in 2017, given the valuable, life-saving role played by CFR trained volunteers with access to defibrillators in their local communities.

Bank of Ireland are making two of these defibrillators available at the Respond 2017 Conference to be raffled between any/all start up Community First Responder groups attending Respond 2017. If you are not there you can’t win!

Many thanks to the Management & Staff of Bank of Ireland.

Book now for Respond 2017

CFR Ireland are delighted to welcome Physio Control as our premium sponsor for Respond 2017. The generous support of all our sponsors enables us to keep the cost of the Respond conferences as low as possible and continue to bring you the high quality speakers and presentations that delegates have become used to.


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for #Respond2017 is Prof Richard Lyon.

Prof Lyon is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in

He has won numerous international awards including the top research award from the European Resuscitation Council and is a current member of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Executive Committee and author of several international pre-hospital guidelines.

He completed a unique doctorate thesis on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) – the TOPCAT study – which has formed the basis of a successful programme of work to improve outcome from OHCA across Scotland.

#Respond2017 is on Sat 4th March at the Mullingar Park Hotel. We promise to bring you the unique mix of informative speakers, hands on workshops and networking, which the national CFR conference has become known for.

Booking opens soon at


Young woman meets six-week-old baby she saved in city car-park

Nikita Hutch (21) used her skills in CPR to rescue the six-week-old boy who stopped breathing on Tuesday evening (2nd December) in Dublin’s Iliac Centre car-park.


One of the problems in reducing deaths from sudden cardiac arrest is identifying the closest trained responder. We believe that CFR teams linked to the National Ambulance Service control room are the most effective way of doing this. However, every initiative which increases access to CPR and defibrillation has the potential to make a difference.