THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID LAUNCHES NEW REGULATIONS ON DEFIBRILLATORS The Decree regulates the installation and use of external defibrillators outside the hospital setting, creating a Registry of defibrillators.
The Regulation requires different public and private entities to have a cardioprotection system with defibrillators in order to have a network that saves lives.
Every year more than 30.000 people die in Spain due to cardiac arrest, this being the main cause of mortality in our country. Acting with a defibrillator in the first 5 minutes after the event increases to an 70% the chances of survival. Defibrillators are born so that they can be used by anyone with minimal training even without it. According to Rubén Campo, an expert in cardioprotection and founder of the main distributor of defibrillators in Spain, the Lifeguard Project, if there was a defibrillator next to each fire extinguisher, more than 4.000 lives would be saved every year.
PLACES WITH GREAT AFLUENCE WILL HAVE TO DISPOSE OF THEM
The Governing Council has approved the final decree that regulates the installation and use of external defibrillators outside the health sector, as well as its registration by the Ministry of Health, after the mandatory procedures and the public consultation of the text. The norm converts Madrid into a "cardioprotected" region, by marking the obligatory nature of the installation of these devices in certain places of great affluence
Among them, they will have to have automatic or semi-automatic defibrillators the large commercial establishments, airports, bus and railway stations in populations of more than 50.000 inhabitants; and metro, rail and bus stations with an average daily flow equal to or greater than 5.000 people. Also public establishments with a capacity equal to or greater than 2.000 persons; and establishments that are dependent on public administrations in populations of more than 50.000 inhabitants or with an average daily influx equal to or greater than 1.000 users.
Also, defibrillators must have facilities, centers or sports complexes in which the number of daily users is equal to or greater than 500 people; educational centers; work centers with more than 250 workers, hotel establishments with more than 100 squares and residential centers of more than 200 squares.
External defibrillators may be used by health personnel and technicians in health emergencies. However, in the event that there is no professional of these groups, and in order to increase the chances of survival, any citizen may use an automatic defibrillator following their instructions, having previously contacted the proceedings with the Services through the 112 telephone.
The 112 Emergency Services of the Community of Madrid registered in 2016 a total of 1.351 cardiorespiratory stops in the region outside the hospital environment, which highlights the need for the use of this type of device by the people of Madrid.
2.100 units to protect the Community centers
The organisms, institutions or companies that have to have a defibrillator will have a period of twelve months from the entry into force of the decree, after its publication in the BOCM, to proceed with its installation. Those who already have any of these devices will have a period of three months to adapt to the rest of the provisions contained in the standard.
The distributors of defibrillators located in the Community of Madrid are preparing for the new regulations. The Lifeguard Project has doubled the facilities located in Coslada, according to Campo, and we also expand our warehouses, our stock and extend the 1 of workers in a 20% from the September 6.000. The Lifeguard Project is the main reference in the world of cardioprotection in Spain with a park of more than 12 defibrillators, thanks to the regulations of the Community of Madrid and the new regulations of other Autonomous Communities the Lifeguard Project aims to arrive in the next 10.000 months to a number of XNUMX installed defibrillators.
Rubén Campo indicates that the new regulations in the Community of Madrid will save many lives every year. A recent example is in Girona, a province with many fewer inhabitants and therefore a much lower incidence of cardiac arrests that, thanks to an important network of installed defibrillators, have already saved 38 lives.
One of the aspects that most concerns the entities that fall within the regulations is the cost of a cardioprotection service, in the Lifeguard Project, we offer mainly all-inclusive global services, from equipment and maintenance to training and records, these services have a monthly cost ranging from the 50 Euros to the 80 Euros, however, from the Project solidarity formulas are offered to obtain these services without cost as are the solidarity campaigns of life-saving bracelets very focused for groups such as schools, clubs sports, associations or points of sale and Cardiovending, a campaign through which many companies or town councils get defibrillators and training without cost, thanks to a few cents of each service go to the Lifeguard Project to offer a comprehensive cardioprotection service without cost thanks the agreements that the project itself has with the prin major vending operators.
Field indicates that from this month of September, we will offer free workshops to know the use of the defibrillator to all the entities of the Community of Madrid that have interest in having these cardioprotection services or require the regulations.
Recently the Lifesaver Project (www.salvavidas.eu) obtained the recognition of the Gold Star for professional excellence for the work developed in the almost 10 years of Project life.
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