More and more companies and entities decide to acquire an external DEA / DESA defibrillator to protect outdoor spaces outdoors, even though they do not have to install them, there is growing interest in the cardioprotection of outdoor spaces.
It is a success cardioproteger places with a large influx of people, such as schools, universities and schools in general, or temporarily cardioproteger spaces such as resorts, hotels, campsites, resorts; or places that house population groups at higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest. All these spaces where the installation of a defibrillator is necessary and / or required, require different characteristics due to its location and climatic conditions, it is different to an installation in an interior space where conditions such as temperature are less extreme than the temperature that we can find in outdoor spaces, where defibrillators must always be protected with showcases to withstand adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, hail, or UV rays, a defibrillator always in the open with cold, heat or humidity. Despite the inclement weather it is possible to install defibrillators in outdoor spaces without conditioning their operation and maintenance.
When the installation of a defibrillator is performed outside, the first thing that is taken into account is that the defibrillator is in a well visible, accessible and signalized place to be easily located. In addition, the ideal is that people who frequent, live or work in that outer space know their exact location and are trained to use that defibrillator. In most cases, defibrillators are installed in indoor or semi-covered areas to protect the defibrillator from weather conditions, spaces such as lobbies, corridors of offices, nursing rooms, common areas, dining rooms or changing rooms are used, as it seems obvious that a defibrillator will be in better conditions in a covered space than outside in the open.
Each manufacturer of defibrillators offers different features and performance for optimal functioning, so it is important to consult a professional defibrillator and showcase needs our outdoor space, we will put the example of defibrillators Zoll AED 3 and Zoll AED Plus, both are defibrillators apt for outdoors, we will briefly explain its characteristics and operating temperatures.
Zoll defibrillators in outdoor spaces with adverse weather conditions
The defibrillators Zoll AED Plus and AED 3 defibrillators are suitable for outdoor, are defibrillators that offer unbeatable performance in terms of exposure in different environments and climatologies, both the AED PLUS model and the AED 3 can adapt to virtually any of our climates in Spain . Both devices work perfectly if you need to use them between 0º C and 50º C.
The Zoll AED 3 defibrillator with a closed cabinet can withstand temperatures ranging between -30ºC and 70ºC, the Zoll AED PLUS in semi-automatic configuration supports up to 60ºC. These two models work in relative humidity ranges of 10-95% and at an altitude of up to 4573 meters. Likewise, they are devices that have been tested in terms of protection against dust and water jets, obtaining a degree of protection of IP 55. The AED 3 defibrillator has also been classified as an anti-shock defibrillator resistant to falls of +1 meter in height.
The Lifeguard Project we offer a wide variety of showcases for outdoor, showcases with different configurations depending on the weather of the area to cardioproteger, beaches, ski slopes, campsites, hotels, swimming pools, outdoor events, and so on. Our technicians in facilities will be able to advise you on which model of defibrillator and type of showcase best suits your needs, your space and your activity. In addition, it is appropriate to assess the climatic conditions to which the defibrillator will be exposed, as some of our watertight cabinets have systems capable of compensating adverse climatic conditions for the defibrillators that house: showcases that ventilate or heat the interior of the showcase if the temperatures reached exteriors are close to the configured ranges. Showcases for defibrillators that have polycarbonate doors that attenuate the greenhouse effect.
There is the option of purchasing showcases that do not incorporate ventilation or heating, these showcases have an alarm system of minimum and maximum configurable temperatures (5ºC and 40ºC by default).
Outdoor showcases offer security against theft of defibrillators
Theft of these cardioprotective devices is not frequent; However, there have been cases of theft of defibrillators in our country. The choice to install a showcase is also a very passive safety measure to protect the defibrillator against possible theft or vandalism.
From the basic options to the more sophisticated options, outdoor cabinets have light / acoustic alarm systems to alert the showcase's opening. If the opening is performed because an emergency occurs, this acoustic signal serves to alert people who are nearby so they can help the rescuer. In case of an attempted robbery, the assailant will be brought to light by this sound alarm.
The Lifeguard Project has a supervision application for display cabinets, allowing an exhaustive and continuous control of the defibrillator. Through this most advanced technology, which allows: to communicate in real time any incident to connected users, configure alerts, remotely monitor the display case and the defibrillator in real time, take photos during the opening or removal of the defibrillator, transmit and store said photos on the platform, and many more applications and advantages.
Defibrillators in outdoor spaces expand the accessibility to cardioprotection
It is necessary, as the different decrees indicate, that the defibrillators are always operative and accessible while the activity in place is maintained, that is, during working hours, open to the public or all day in the event of being in a community of neighbors, a camping, hotel among others. By installing defibrillators outdoors and public spaces we are expanding the accessibility to the defibrillator 24 hours 365 days; that is why more and more municipalities are opting for this type of outdoor defibrillation facility.
We think that expanding the accessibility of defibrillators can be a very good project for those municipalities that do not have an emergency service or ambulances in their health center or office. Also for companies located in enclosures with common outdoor areas.
From Proyecto Salvavidas we support the installation of defibrillators in outdoor spaces since they expand the coverage in cardioprotection and make it possible to have a defibrillator available at 24 hours a day to help any sudden death that might occur.