State moves one step closer to getting defibrillators installed in public places – Deering

13th December, 2013


Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) that an assessment will be carried out on the provision of public access defibrillators in Ireland for used in the event of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

 “I recently asked the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, to consider installing defibrillators in public places, such as disused public phone boxes. Minister Reilly committed to investigating the feasibility of such a project and I am delighted to hear today that HIQA has commenced an assessment to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of different strategies to make automatic external defibrillators more widely available throughout the country. We are now one step closer to making such an important life saving measure a reality.

 “Statistics clearly show that between 2003 and 2008, the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests ranged from 3% to 11%. This assessment will explore all of the factors around an expanded public access defibrillation programme aimed at improving survival rates. The results of the assessment will be submitted to Minister Reilly and I hope that a solution can be found to roll-out this important, life-saving service.”