MacManus calls for HSE de­fib data­base

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

SINN Féin Coun­cil­lor Chris MacManus has called on the HSE to set up an on­line reg­is­ter of the lo­ca­tions of de­fib­ril­la­tors around the coun­try.

He pro­posed his mo­tion at the Oc­to­ber Coun­cil meet­ing and asked how many au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors (AEDs)were in County Sligo.

“Are there any lo­cated in the city cen­tre? Would a trained first-re­spon­der not from the area know how to lo­cate it?” he asked mem­bers.

“The an­swers it seems is that no one knows. The Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion has no in­di­ca­tion where de­fibs are lo­cated.

“In­deed, a HIQA re­port from Septem­ber 2014 stated: ‘Ire­land al­ready has a high level of dif­fu­sion of AEDs on a vol­un­tary ba­sis, how­ever, this sys­tem is not stan­dard­ised, co­or­di­nated or linked to emer­gency med­i­cal services.’

“It would seem to be pru­dent for the HSE to co-ordinate a cen­tral reg­is­ter, county-by-county of ex­ist­ing de­fibs and their ex­act co-or­di­nates.

“Such a reg­is­ter will arm every trained de­fib user with the abil­ity to act as swiftly as pos­si­ble to save lives.

Merville Cen­tre Su­per­vi­sor Richard Deignan and Cllr Chris MacManus.

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