Defibrillators in Cantabria

Regulation and obligation to install defibrillators in Cantabria

A new order from the Ministry of Health regulates the compulsory use, installation and continuous training in the management of defibrillators for the Cantabrian population.

Order SAN / 82 / 2018, of 1 of October, which regulates the use of external defibrillators and establishes the obligatory nature of its installation in certain spaces of public use outside the sanitary field.

Cantabria following the example of other Autonomous Communities, requires installing defibrillators in the public space where it has been demonstrated that thanks to the rapid and accessible availability of an AED, lives are saved daily as the time factor is this type of emergencies. Key, acting in the first few minutes with the help of a defibrillator that anyone can use is what saves lives.

Among others, one of the requirements to stand out of the DEA is that they must have an automatic connection device with the 061 for activation and coordination with the emergency services.

Who is required to have defibrillators in Cantabria?

Establishments and facilities required to have an automated or semi-automatic external defibrillator

Public or private entities or individuals who own or enjoy the right to exploit the following establishments and facilities will be required to have a defibrillator in Cantabria:

  1. Obligation to install defibrillators in transport facilities, airport and commercial port and bus and rail stations of populations of more than 20.000 inhabitants.
  2. The shopping centers, individual and collective must have defibrillators, de fi ned as the establishment in which the retail commercial activity is exercised and which has a built-up surface superior to 500 m2 (adding one more for each 1.000 m2).
  3. Public and private establishments, with an average daily fluency of 500 people.
  4. Sports facilities in which the number of daily users is equal to or greater than 350 people.
  5. Educational centers with a capacity greater than 1.500 people will have to have defibrillators for pediatric and adult use.

Requirements and obligations related to the installation and maintenance of the defibrillator in Cantabria

The automated external defibrillators referred to in this Order shall comply with the requirements of Royal Decree 365 / 2009, of March 20, which establishes the conditions and minimum requirements for safety and quality in the use of automatic defibrillators. and external semiautomatics outside the sanitary field, as well as the current regulations on medical devices, and must:

a) The defibrillators must be installed in a suitable place, accessible and signposted in accordance with universal signage and its standards for the use of the defibrillator, including the 061 health emergency telephone.

b) Have automatic call devices with the 061 medical emergency telephone for the activation of urgent health care services, in order to improve health coordination. The de fi brillators already installed will be exempted from this obligation, or when technical situations arise that do not allow the installation of this type of device.

c) Hold the CE mark that guarantees compliance with the essential requirements that apply to them.

d) Have the following minimum material endowment:

1º- A defibrillator with two sets of adult defibrillation patches, being advisable to include a set of patches enabled for pediatric defibrillation, or adaptation system for pediatric use.

2º- Computerized recording system of events during the use of the defibrillator.

3º- Razor.

4º- Gauzes to guarantee the correct use of the external defibrillator.

Persons authorized to use a defibrillator in Cantabria outside of the health field


A person with knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic life support and the use of an automatic defibrillator, in order to provide the necessary attention to cardiac arrest until the moment of arrival, will be able to use a defibrillator in Cantabria, outside the health field. of specialized healthcare equipment; specific:

a) Graduates in Medicine and Surgery or Graduates in Medicine, Graduates or Graduates in Nursing, as well as other health professionals of those academic levels who, within their training curriculum, include training in basic life support and management of defibrillators.

b) Graduates of Technical Degree in Health Emergencies.

c) Those persons who have passed the initial training and continuing education programs whose contents and duration are set out in Annex VI of this Order.

d) Persons who accredit documentary evidence of having taken training courses for the use of DEA recognized by the Spanish Council of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (hereinafter CERCP) or by any of the entities that comprise it, as well as recognized by the competent authorities of other Communities Autonomous and other Member States of the European Union in the last 3 years, provided that its content and duration includes the minimums established in this Order and prior recognition before the Ministry responsible for health and registration in the Register of training for the use of DEA regulated in article 11 of the present Order, in its corresponding section.

e) Anyone can use the AED, after communicating with the 061 health emergencies service, if the person or specific persons authorized for its use are not present in the place.

10.900 companies and entities cardioprotected with the Lifeguard Project

Proyecto Salvavidas is present in all autonomous communities with more than 11.000 installed defibrillators, helping the population with easy access to defibrillators and training through our solidarity campaigns.

Cardioproteger a public space is to invest in the safety of all since sudden death causes 30.000 deaths per year in Spain. Having public access defibrillators and training the population helps considerably to reduce sudden death.

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