Can I request the installation of defibrillators on my stairs?

Installation of defibrillators

Today the installation of defibrillators is a process that requires very little time compared to the benefits that offers to the space where it is installed. This device is usually seen in the reception area of ​​shopping centers, hotels, companies, town halls, etc. At present it is present in a multitude of public and private spaces, always in easily accessible areas so that it can be used in an emergency.

What is a defibrillator?

A defibrillator is a device capable of delivering an electric shock to the subject at the appropriate intensity level in order to restore a normal heart rhythm to the victim. This tool prevents the person from falling into cardiac arrest and offers the possibility for the doctor to act and try to find a solution to the factors that produced this situation.

How do these devices work?

Before using these instruments, it is necessary to go through a course in the use of defibrillators and first aid. The purpose of these seminars is to instruct the participants so that they are able to provide initial care and use this equipment. For their part, defibrillators are capable of detecting the heart rhythm of the affected person and trying to reestablish the heart rhythm so that it does not present a risk to the subject.

Are these devices mandatory?

Despite the relevance of these instruments and the fact that every minute counts in this type of situation, these devices are not mandatory in all territories of the peninsula. On the other hand, in Catalonia it is mandatory to place them in different spaces equal to or more than 2,500 m2 or with daily traffic equal to 5,000 people, and it is the owner’s responsibility to keep these equipment operational and at full capacity.

Can I put one of these devices on my ladder?

If you wish, it is possible to install one of these instruments in the hall of your apartment. Especially in the cases in which it is an old building and in which many of the neighbors are people of the third age or with heart problems. It should not be forgotten that in these cases an effective and rapid action can be crucial to guarantee the well-being of the affected person.

Is a cardioprotected space a location where there is a defibrillator?

A cardioprotected space is an environment in which all the necessary resources are available to treat a person who is suffering from cardiorespiratory arrest and needs immediate attention. Thus, it is not only necessary that the necessary devices be found in that location, but also that it is necessary to have trained personnel. Therefore, once an emergency of this kind is detected, it is necessary to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use a defibrillator correctly and contact emergency services.

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