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Regulations external defibrillators Navarra | Regional Decree 6 / 2019

Regional Decree of Navarre regulating the installation of automatic and semi-automatic external defibrillators and training for their use.


Regulations for the use of external defibrillators in Navarra

The FORAL DECREE 6/2019, of January 30, which regulates the installation of automated external defibrillators and training for their use, brings important and very positive variations with respect to the previous decree.

The new regulations on external defibrillators in Navarra intend to define the mandatory places for their installation, the people whose training is considered key for their proper operation, the training required for their use and the necessary records to have updated operational information.


Navarra's regulations on external defibrillators | Strategic plan

Navarre incorporates the development of the extrasanitary devices as a strategy to complete the action in time-dependent emergencies, and for this it is necessary to make a differentiation of first-line devices and an adjustment of training needs to the new technological realities.

Currently, the main cause of death from sudden death that occurs outside the hospital is ventricular fibrillation suffered as a result of a coronary event. Achieving a significant improvement in the survival of people suffering from an episode of ventricular fibrillation has been a primary concern of professionals and health authorities.

The advantages of the use of automatic and semiautomatic defibrillators (DESA) by non-health personnel have been demonstrated, because immediate action can save lives of people in situations of cardiac arrest.

At the same time, the absence of risks for both patients and first responders.

Early defibrillation is a fundamental element of care, testimony that is collected in the Royal Decree, whose provisions have been observed in the preparation of this Provincial Decree, which is issued by virtue of the powers of legislative development held by the Autonomous Community in matters of internal health and healthcare.

The experience accumulated since the publication of the aforementioned Regional Decree has highlighted the need to modify various aspects of that regulation. Along with some changes aimed at simplifying and clarifying requirements and administrative procedures, this Decree introduces major changes that should help to facilitate and extend training to a greater number of people, training them to use automatic and semi-automatic defibrillators.

Defibrillators in Navarra | Spaces and facilities required to have a defibrillator

Below we detail the places where it is mandatory that an automated external defibrillator is installed. These defibrillators should be located in a central point and equidistant from the most remote areas in the following spaces or places:


Commercial establishments that have a useful commercial area greater than 2.000 square meters.

Shopping centers constituted by a set of commercial establishments located in one or several connected buildings, which add a useful commercial area greater than 2.000 square meters.

> Airports.

Train stations and buses of populations of more than 10.000 inhabitants.

Educational centers with teaching personnel, non-teaching staff and students superior to 700 people.

Work centers or spaces in which more than 700 people work together.

Sports centers, swimming pools and any sports or recreational facility with authorized or planned capacity greater than 500 people.

Establishments, facilities or spaces in which shows, cultural or recreational activities are held with authorized capacity greater than 700 persons.

Any other space or facility whose capacity is greater than 700 people.

In the localities that have local police, municipal agents or sheriffs, there will be an AED that must be carried at least in an operative patrol vehicle. In locations of more than 10.000 inhabitants, DEA will be available at least in the 50% of operational patrol vehicles.

The Provincial Police of Navarra will have a defibrillator in at least one of the operative patrols dependent on the Central Police Station of Pamplona, ​​and on the police stations of Alsasua, Elizondo, Estella, Tafalla, Sangüesa and Tudela.

Residences and day centers for the elderly with disabilities of more than 100 places.


What are they based on to select the installation of defibrillators in Navarra?

The answer to this question is basically the "greater likelihood" that a cardiac arrest can occur in such places as airports, bus stations, train station. However, from Proyecto Salvavidas we consider that although there is a greater probability that it happens in a school of 700 students than of 500 students, odds in both they are exactly the same.

In addition, the administration has reviewed and compared the regulations of defibrillators of other Autonomous Communities to define the ratios that recommend the mandatory installation of defibrillators. There is no doubt that this decree has some very positive points, such as the introduction of the DEA in first responders such as the police, which we will analyze next. Therefore, we must congratulate the administration for taking a step forward in cardioprotection. 


Defibrillators in police vehicles, municipal agents and bailiffs of Navarra

The novelty of this decree is the obligation to carry an AED on the vehicles of law enforcement officers. In this sense, there is evidence and in this we agree that agents on many occasions are the first to arrive at accidents. Therefore, it is logical to think that they want to have cardioprotected police vehicles.

The local police, municipal agents and deputies are part of the first participants, as well as the Regional Police of Navarre or the Fire Service of Navarra-Nafarroako Suhiltzaileak.

If you want to know more about cardioprotected vehicles, click here! (link cardioprotected vehicles)


Who can use a public defibrillator according to the regulations of "Defibrillators in Navarra"?

In Spain, to be able to progress in the field of cardioprotection, it is necessary that people are trained in resuscitation techniques to increase the chances of survival, the use of the defibrillator with a minimum of training guarantees the chances of success and is detailed who can use them , and the steps to follow to keep track of the use of the defibrillator:


1. The mandatory installation DEA will be used by non-sanitary personnel trained in accordance with the provisions of this regional decree with the support of the health emergency services in the terms established in this article.

2. Each action with an AED will entail immediate communication with the emergency telephone number 112-SOS Navarra for the urgent activation of the survival chain.

3. After each use, the person who has used the DEA will communicate it to the medical emergency service that goes to the place of the incident, and this will reflect it in its protocol of attention with the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the use of the DEA in the attention to time-dependent emergencies.

4. Exceptional situations are considered that exempt from the use of the DEA by trained personnel those in which the installation of the DEA is not considered among the mandatory defined in this regional decree or when it is not possible to have a person trained for immediate intervention. In the case of arriving at the place a trained person, this will have preference for the use of the AED until the arrival of the health team.


Navarra regulations for training in the use of external defibrillators

In the Autonomous Community of Navarra, in order to use a public defibrillator, a BLS resuscitation course and use of a defibrillator must be carried out. It is proven that after completing a course in basic life support  (Basic Life Support) and a defibrillator, the student looks more confident to act in cardiac arrest.

The Navarra regulations for training in the management of the defibrillator states “The first responders must have accredited training or qualification that enables them to use defibrillators in accordance with the provisions of basic state regulations or, failing that, carry out a theoretical-practical initial training course that contains at least the program and the evaluation procedure established in Annex II of this regional decree "


How many hours does the course of basic life support and use of the defibrillator last?


6 hours of training, which 3 can be telematically (optional) This is a novelty with respect to other regulations, which possibly facilitates access to these courses in companies. This reduces the face-to-face part in 3 hours, which will be merely practical.

A recycling period is established every 2 years, after having completed the initial course of DEA, with a duration of 2 hours.

The Lifeguard Project is "a training entity of the Navarra Health Department"

To give courses on the use of external defibrillators in an official and approved way, you must be registered with the Navarra Department of Health. For 10 years Proyecto Salvavidas we have been teaching BLS courses and the use of defibrillators in Navarra, complying with the requirements established in this regional decree. Being a regulated academy in said community, we can offer the approved courses of basic life support and use of the defibrillator.


Installation of DEA Navarra | Creation of registry defibrillators Navarra

The physical or legal persons obliged to install an AED in accordance with the provisions of this regional decree must register the installation of the defibrillator. Do not be scared, this is a mere procedure, of which in Proyecto Salvavidas we are more than accustomed to manage. Therefore, if you acquire cardioprotection with us you will not have to worry as we will help you with the registration.


To give you an idea the data that are necessary are:

1. Place where the device will be installed

2. Identification and contact data of the person or persons who can use the defibrillator


It is very important to register the defibrillator as it will improve the quality of care. Just as important as having a defibrillator, it is taking care of this.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact our zone or central delegate by calling the toll-free number 900 670 112


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Entry into force of the Regulation Semi-Automatic External Defibrillators Navarra

The present Regional Decree will come into force six months after its publication in the Official Gazette of Navarre, so Limit date for compliance with this legislation will be the 18 of AUGUST OF THE 2019.

As we can see the deadline to get up to date ends in August (holiday period) therefore, our advice is not to let time pass and above all advise well when purchasing the defibrillator as there are defibrillators of the latest generation They help rescuers by guiding the depth of compressions.

The Lifeguard Project team will be happy to assist you and inform you of the various AEDs, price of defibrillators, training, etc.

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