Public access to
defibrillator in Portlaoise

a PORTLAOISE company is set to make a life saving device available to local people in emergencies.

a PORTLAOISE company is set to make a life saving device available to local people in emergencies.

Sandvik Mining and Construction in Clonminam Business Park, Portlaoise has announced that its automated external defribrillator (AED) will now be available to the public.

The device which is located in the reception area, can save the life of the victim a heart attack. The company says the unit will fit in with the group’s EHS vision of protection and safety for its workers

Six employees at Sandvik have been trained in the use of defribrillation and are also experienced first aiders.

The biggest causes of death in Ireland are cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease, stroke and other circulatory diseases which claim 10,000 lives annually. More than 16,000 people also die from Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome each year. Defribrillators in public settings have been proven to be successful in saving a victim’s life. The time to defribrillate a victim is vital to preventing sudden cardiac arrest.

According to AED Ireland, a person that is defribrillated within two minutes has a survival rate that exceeds eighty-per-cent.