By Tara Rippin • 27 November 2018 • 18:40
STATE of the art defibrillators have been donated by the Spain Health Foundation to the Guardia Civil in Valencia, Andalucia, Catalonia and now Madrid.
In police stations across Spain, almost 200 devices have been put in place, equipped with an intelligent technology that checks the patient to resuscitation of attempts after cardiac arrest.
A foundation spokesperson said ‘there is a maximum time of 10 minutes to act, although every minute, the possibilities are reduced between 8 and 10 per cent.
The Guardia Civil’s Madrid headquarters in Guzman el Bueno Street is the latest to take receipt of a defibrillator.
A police source said: “The tool has been placed in a location close to the street so that it can be used in the event that a citizen requires it near the General Directorate of the Corps complex in Madrid, as the ones currently installed are in different internal dependencies of the headquarters of the Guardia Civil.”
The latest generation defibrillators are ‘intelligent’ devices that take the decision to produce the electric shock or not, depending on the previous check carried out by the machine itself. As such, they can be used by ‘anybody’ as no independent medical decision is necessary.
The Guardia Civil has 189 defibrillators spread across the country. Since the beginning of 2017, 400 training talks have been given, attended by more than 3,500 officers.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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