Reducing the Risk: A Strategic Approach – The Report of the Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Death
The Minister for Health and Children established the Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Death
(SCD) in the Autumn of 2004, with the following terms of reference:
1) Define SCD and describe its incidence and underlying causes in Ireland.
2) Advise on the detection and assessment of those at high risk of SCD and their relatives.
3) Advise on the systematic assessment of those engaged in sports and exercise for risk of
4) Advise on maximizing access to basic life support (BLS) and automated external
defibrillators (AEDs) and on:
• appropriate levels of training in BLS and use of AEDs, and on the maintenance of that
• priority individuals and priority groups for such training
• geographic areas and functional locations of greatest need
• best practice models of ‘first responder schemes’ and ‘public access defibrillation’, and
• integration of such training services.
5) Advise on the establishment and maintenance of surveillance systems, including a
registry of SCD and information systems to monitor risk assessment, and training and
6) Advise and make recommendations on other priority issues relevant to SCD in Ireland.
7) Outline a plan for implementation and advise on monitoring the implementation of
recommendations made in the Task Force’s report.
In undertaking its work the Task Force was mindful of national health policy, relevant
national strategies and of the recently reformed structures for health service delivery in
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