What gift can I get for the person who has everything? 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
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 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 unts.
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 or truck – the idea is one that might prove to be a Christmas,
anniversary or birthday life-saver in more ways than one.
Photo caption (image 2): 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