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Lives can be saved with defibrillator register – McMullan

19 May, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said a register of all defibrillator machines will help save more lives. 

Speaking after an Assembly debate on defibrillators, the East Antrim MLA said; 

"Defibrillators are now located in civic buildings, schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and many other locations across the North. 

"But often paramedics and others responding to emergency situations are not aware of the location of these live-saving devices. 

"After discussions with the medical director of the Ambulance Service, David McManus, he accepted the need for a register of defibrillators. 

"I am pleased the Assembly unanimously passed my motion calling for a register, which would be accessible by the ambulance service and first responders, including those in my own constituency. 

"When an organisation purchases a defibrillator the sale should be immediately registered with the ambulance service so they can be aware who bought it and where it is kept. 

"In emergency situations time is of the essence and the quicker paramedics can get access to a defibrillator the more lives can be saved."

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