Where is it compulsory for defibrillators to be present?
Although each Autonomous Community has its own laws, such devices are generally installed in public transport vehicles, big shopping centres, sports stadia and places where a lot of people congregate. It is also advisable to install them in businesses.
In Spain, it is calculated that there is an average of 3 defibrillators per 10.000 inhabitants. This rate is really low (5 times lower than in the United Kingdom, for example) Spain is lagging behind the rest of the European Union when it comes to installing these devices.
The leading countries for the installation of this type of device are Japan, with 25 per 10.000 inhabitants, and France, with nearly 20 for the same number of inhabitants.
Apart from the fact that few defibrillation devices are installed, little information is available on their locations and they are poorly signposted.
Spain has a long way to go when it comes to installing defibrillators, devices that use electricity to save many lives in a few minutes. Remember that the time it takes to find this type of treatment is vital for survival when people have heart problems.