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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Planning for defibrillators in all police cars ]

Planning for defibrillators in all police cars

THE HOUSE Health Committee is examining a bill for the importation of defibrillation systems, used to resuscitate heart attack victims on the spot.

“We evaluated this bill, which I consider very important,” Committee Chairman Eleni Theocharous of DISY said after the meeting. “We are hoping it will be approved by majority vote for the Plenum during next week’s session.”

Defibrillators are used to administer electric energy to the heart when someone has suffered a cardiac arrest and is in need of resuscitation.

“A very positive aspect of this bill – which is why we hope it is passed as soon as possible – is that you don’t need to be a doctor or a nurse to operate the system. It can be used by anyone who receives just a few hours of training,” Theocharous explained.

The bill is proposing the systems are used in areas where there are a lot of people, such as airports, sports arenas or businesses where there are more than 500 people employed.

“We are also examining the possibility of providing all police patrol cars with one in the event of accidents, where resuscitating someone could mean a life is saved.

“We are certain that absolutely no harm could come of introducing these defibrillation systems,” said Theocharous.

She added that there were some reservations from the Legal Services on how they would decide where the machines should go. “But let’s start from somewhere and we can build on it.”

According to Theocharous, each machine costs €2,907. “But the cost will be significantly reduced if they are bought in bulk.”

Wikipedia defines portable defibrillators as “one of the most important tools carried by ambulances. They are the only proven way to resuscitate a person who has had a cardiac arrest unwitnessed by EMS who is still in persistent ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia at the arrival of pre-hospital providers.”

Meanwhile, the Health Committee also continued to debate over the exact extension that would be given to the Private Clinics Law to comply with the law on minimum nursing provisions.

DISY proposed a two-year extension, while AKEL suggested it be extended for another year.

“We are proposing a two-year extension, knowing that it is inconceivable to close all private clinics, as state hospitals are already under such enormous strain,” Theocharous said after the meeting.

The specific EU harmonising law has had to be extended before due to a crippling lack of nursing staff. If private clinics strictly adhered to the law, the head of the Cyprus Medical Association has warned that two thirds of private hospitals would have to close down.
“The nursing staff issue is the most urgent. If we give a specific timeframe – and we think two years are sufficient – solutions can be found. It is up to the government to achieve whatever suggestions are made,” said Theocharous.

She added that she hoped a final decision on the issue would be reached at her Committee’s next session on Thursday.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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