Frustration at damage to Defibrillator

The Community First Responders in Wicklow Town have voiced their frustration following damage to a Defibrillator in Wicklow Town.

On Monday morning of this week it was discovered the case of a Public Access Defibrillator which is located in the Market Square area of the town had been damaged.

The Group said the Defibrillator has been removed until they can get a new weatherproof case.

Earlier this year the Community First Responders Ireland called for cross party support for the Life Saving Equipment Bill 2018 which would impose a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment or a €50,000 fine or both for those convicted of interfering with a defibrillator or life buoy. 

CFRs and other voluntary groups around the country have fundraised to purchase and install these lifesaving devices.  

Dr David Menzies, Medical Director of CFR Ireland said: 

“Damage to, or theft of a defibrillator installed for public use could be a death  sentence for a patient if it were not available for a patient in cardiac arrest as a  result. It is that serious. Locking up AEDs isn’t the ideal solution – you wouldn’t lock up a fire extinguisher.”

In the event of a cardiac arrest, CPR and defibrillation within the first 10  minutes is the most important intervention. The patient’s chances of survival  drop by 10% for every minute, treatment is delayed. There are estimated to be over 13,000 AEDs in Ireland.  

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