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Lifeguards provided with new life saving equipment

Thirty four defibrillators have been strategically placed around the Canaries after a new initiative for rapid response in hot spots.

One of the seventeen in the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which encompasses the islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, has already been used in a life saving operation in Playa del Ingles. The devices were installed in October and as 2009 begins, a Dutch man is grateful that the Ministry of Health and the Canarian Emergency Service made the decision to place one at the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) station near anexo II.

Life saving
A fifty four year old man was found to be unconscious and in cardiac arrest. He was not responding to the health professionals so the ambulance crew requested the semi automatic defibrillator be brought to them. After he regained consciousness, he was transferred to the new hospital, San Roque Meloneras, in a critical condition, where he was stabilised. The installation of defibrillators is part of a Europe-wide program which is developing technologies for emergency medicine. The device which was used to successfully save the life of this man is small and light, making it portable. The incident was the first time that it has been operational; one of the two hundred qualified practitioners in the Canary Islands performed the electric shocks twice to save his life.

The emergency number in the Canaries is 112

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