IT has been a busy year for Mayo ICRR's volunteer doctor, with a number of significant call-outs.
In 2018 Mayo ICRR has responded to 96 calls for assistance from the HSE National Ambulance Service. This included 10 road traffic collisions and six sick or injured children.
The volunteer doctor also attended 11 cardiac arrests and is the first Emergency Service on-scene in 75% of these serious events. Two patients were successfully resuscitated in the past year.
Treat and discharge was appropriate for six patients, where it was determined that they did not require an ambulance to bring them to hospital. This frees up valuable pre-hospital resources and avoids an unnecessary wait in the Emergency Department.
Overall, Dr. Horan spent 86 hours directly responding to some of the most serious calls in the county. This enables, when necessary, interventions to be performed on-scene that otherwise would not have been done until after the patient arrived in hospital.
On occasion Dr. Horan has to travel in the ambulance with the patient to hospital, continuing treatment en route.
Mayo ICRR relies on the support of the local community which it serves. They always need both financial and practical support.
Mayo ICRR have a role to suit most people, including fundraising and logistic and administrative support. If you would like to become involved please see www.mayoicrr.ie/help for details on how to make contact.