Life-Saving Christmas Gift – Lightweight automatic external defibrillator

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At Christmas and on other occasions throughout the year, it’s a question that will arise in the minds of many. One possible answer is the arrival here of a new lightweight ‘automatic external defibrillator’.

Small enough to rest in the palm of a hand and portable enough to be carried in a briefcase, luggage or pocket, the new Australian-made device is one that could have an appeal for those ‘Good Samaritans’ who like to travel well equipped for any eventuality that might arise.

In the case of motorists and their loved-ones – and those countless numbers of van drivers and long-distance hauliers or coach drivers, accustomed to travelling far from home – the thought of having a life-saving device packed away in their glovebox could be an extra special comfort indeed.

Well aware of how vital a rapid response can be in instances of sudden cardiac arrest,  Wicklow Fire Service has become the first in Ireland to equip its crews with the new units. Being supplied to all stations within the county, their purpose is to give firefighters back-up advantage when assisting a casualty in remote and challenging circumstances where split-second attention is required, and in circumstances where medical care or a conventional defibrillator are not immediately to-hand.

New to Ireland, the single use units – which can be used on adults and children as directed – are being marketed under the brand name ‘CellAED’ by medical supplies specialists, Hibernian Healthcare at a retail price of €370.

Whether as a gift to a loved-one – or as a ‘socially-responsible’ addition to the first aid kit fitted to a van, bus or truck – the idea is one that might prove to be a Christmas, anniversary or birthday life-saver in more ways than one.

Pictured: Wicklow Fire Service members, Station Officer, Ross Lally (left) and Assistant Chief Officer Ryan Lally holding the new lightweight hand-size defibrillators that are being supplied to all fire units throughout County Wicklow