Telematic registry of external defibrillators in Andalusia

On April 8, 2021, a new order was issued in the Junta de Andalucía regulating the communication by telematic means of the installation and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

This affects Decree 22/2012, of February 14, which regulates the use of automated external defibrillators outside the health field and creates their registry, which have been modified in Annexes I and II, which establish that they will be adopted the appropriate measures so that the communication of the installation of a defibrillator as well as the communication of its use, can be carried out by telematic means, in the terms, with the requirements and with the guarantees provided in the current regulations on electronic processing.

The new telematic registration of DEA defibrillators facilitates the registration process 

With this new defibrillator online registration An attempt is made to further facilitate and promote the use of defibrillators in Andalusia by promoting this telematic registration option. Thanks to the great social awareness about cardiorespiratory arrest (CPR), the Junta de Andalucía continues to promote acceleration for the registration of defibrillators.

This registry is a system that is creating a map throughout Andalusia of defibrillators installed outside the health field, and thanks to this new order the registry will be easier and more agile with the option of being able to do it electronically.

All of this continues to help the Andalusian Health Emergencies Service, which can continue to improve its response to cardiorespiratory arrest.

Why is this telematic registry so important?

Before the Andalusia defibrillator registry came into effect, a cardiac arrest could occur in front of a shopping center and the 112 medical emergency department did not know that there was a defibrillator nearby.

Currently, with the registration of the defibrillator when it is installed, the Andalusian emergency services are informed of its existence, so the 112 before an episode of sudden death could request that one of the witnesses go to look for the nearest defibrillator indicating the exact location. 

We remember the spaces where the installation and use of the defibrillator are mandatory in Andalusia, these are the requirements:

- Large retail areas.

- Airports and commercial ports, stations or stops of buses or rail of populations of more than 50000 inhabitants, and subway stations with average daily inflow of 5000 or more people.

- Installations, centers or sports complexes with 500 or more daily users.

- Public establishments with capacity of 5000 or more people.

Anyway, Andalusian health administrations explicitly recommend their installation in spaces that can be considered relevant even without being obliged to do so: defibrillators in schools, nurseries, hotels, restaurants, offices, companies, factories, leisure areas, cultural spaces, neighborhood communities, etc.



All these places must have regulated and approved defibrillators (Royal Decree 1591/2009, of October 16), which will be located in visible and clearly marked spaces (universal ILCOR signage for defibrillators), and will be accompanied by visible instructions . In addition, its location will be identified on plans or informational maps of the place.

Let's not forget the importance of maintaining external defibrillators with which to ensure the perfect functioning of the equipment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Regarding the requirements for the use of the defibrillator, it is necessary to have at the time of opening to the public personnel with basic and minimum knowledge in matters of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic life support (BLS) and use of the defibrillator.

At Proyecto Salvavidas we believe that basic training in first aid and BLS is necessary from an early age, but it is never too late to be trained in it. Anyone is a candidate to learn these basic notions as useful for everyday life as knowing how to use a defibrillator, because we constantly find ourselves in situations that make us wonder what we would do or what we should have done.

See here Andalusian regulations on external defibrillators 

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