National parks are places of peace and tranquility, but they are also popular destinations for tourists and locals. Park workers and visitors share a space, which like any other, is not exempt from heart accidents.
For this reason, it is important to have the proper defibrillator equipment on hand at all times. Having a defibrillator in the place where the cardiac accident occurs is the most important thing for the survival of the victim of a cardiorespiratory arrest.
These early defibrillation devices together with the corresponding signage, allow park visitors to quickly locate the AED and know that there are safety measures in place in the event of a cardiac accident.
As the years go by, defibrillators become more and more common in our society. We see more and more display cabinets with defibrillators in different public spaces. However, in Spain we are still behind in levels of cardioprotection if we compare ourselves with other European countries.
The importance of cardio protecting parks and refuges in natural spaces
One of the aspects to take into account when installing an AED defibrillator in a natural park is the extent of the park itself. These spaces cover a large area of natural terrain and this makes it more expensive to cover the entire park as a completely cardioprotected area.
National parks are large, so large in fact, that park staff may be a long way from the heart emergency location. In this type of case, it is important that in addition to the rural staff and agents, the visitors also know where the nearest defibrillator is located.
The knowledge in Basic Life Support and use of the defibrillator they are also essential to keeping the cardiorespiratory arrest victim alive while the ambulance arrives. In fact, another of the disadvantages that the victim has is the high response time of the ambulance in natural areas such as national parks or rural places far from hospitals and with difficult access for ambulances.
In some natural parks, it is possible to have a defibrillator in a fixed place that is available to the public, but in other cases, it will also be necessary to install a defibrillator in a car or a mobile unit to cover the entire park.
When installing a defibrillator in a national park, various aspects of the nature of the park and the activities that take place there must be taken into account. Excessive exertion and cold can pose a risk to the heart, so it is important to know the best way to protect it against possible heart accidents in natural areas.
Hypothermia doubles your chances of having a heart attack
Cold weather is also a risk factor for the heart. Long-term exposure to cold is associated with decreased blood vessel activity, which has an effect on heart function.
When our body temperature suddenly drops, the body's defenses are weakened and the risk of having a heart attack or stroke increases. People suffering from cardiovascular diseases and / or problems are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack under these circumstances.
It is important to be aware of the dangers involved in outdoor activities, especially when we are in rural settings and we are far from homes or places where we can take shelter.
The Picos de Europa National Park has AED defibrillators and cardio safe areas thanks to our work as a cardioprotection company. We have also installed defibrillators in other natural parks and rural areas such as El Parque Sauces on the island of La Palma or La Finca de los Batanes in Rascafrías.
At Proyecto Salvavidas we are committed to comprehensive cardioprotection of natural spaces. There are already many parks and natural spaces in Spain that have been declared as cardioprotected spaces thanks to our work as a cardiosecurity company.