Cardiac arrest: Gardai close in on vandals who dumped defibrillator in Rathnew school
Gardai are believed to be making progress in their hunt for the vandals who dumped the now recovered defibrillator stolen from Rathnew at the weekend.
It was one of two defibrillators stolen over the weekend, the other was taken in Co Louth and it too has been recovered.
It is the third defibrillator targeted in County Wicklow in recent months – in October, one was vandalised in the Vevay area of Bray while another was wrecked on Strand Road in June.
The defibrillator taken in Rathnew was snatched from Centra on Friday night and was recovered from the grounds of the school opposite the supermarket in Merrymeeting.
Gardai are believed to be carrying out finger print analysis in an effort to catch the thugs and anyone with information can call Wicklow Garda station at (0404) 67107.
A GoFundME page has now been set up to replace the piece of equipment – you can donate here.
“It is a piece of equipment that can deliver an electric shock to a patient’s heart if they are in cardiac arrest,” Dr David Menzies, medical director of national Community First Responder network, said this morning.
“Ireland has about 13 of these a day, outside of hospital environments, the chances of survival are completely time dependent, so there’s two interventions that are proven to work, one is early CPR and Ireland is really good at that, we have a rate of over 80% bystander CPR which is probably world leading.
“The second intervention is defibrillator and that’s really effective within the first 10 minutes. So this is not something that the ambulance service or the health service on its own can solve.
“The cheapest defibrillator is just north of €1,000 plus VAT, they need to be kept in a heated cabinet as cold weather will degrade the battery. You’re looking at €1500 for that community to replace this.”