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Estonian ferries get automatic resuscitation equipment

The devices help crew and passengers to give first aid in the event of cardiac arrest

  • December 15, 2019 11:30
  • Author Plamen Petrov
Medium piret at quay 8 in port of tallinn 6 april 2017
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Myocardial infarction, or simply heart attack, is one of the main causes of death in Estonia. In such incidents every second counts. But responding promptly to cardiac arrest on board a ship at sea may be challenging, as paramedics must wait at least until they reach port. This issue has motivated TS Laevad, the company running the ferries that operate between the islands of Estonia, to install resuscitation equipment on its ships.

The availability of first-aid equipment will ensure greater safety for passengers and crew in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, Meelis Mägi, Maritime Safety Manager for TS Ships, told Saarte Hääl, a daily newspaper published in Saare County. The county is home to Estonia’s largest island – Saaremaa – and several smaller islands nearby.

Alarm wall cabinets with fully automatic AED defibrillator devices are installed on the passenger deck of the Leiger, Tiiu, Tõll and Piret ferries next to the R Kiosk self-service café, and on the Regula ferry's stern restaurant deck opposite the bar counter.

Invaluable and simple to use lifesavers

Although the use of the devices does not require any prior training, the company carried out internal training sessions in November and December so that the ferry crews can become familiar with the operating instructions of the machine and the basics of first aid.

The fully automatic AED CardiAid resuscitation device changes the heart rate with electrical impulses. The unit starts up when the lid is lifted, and the first-aid provider has to do nothing but listen to and act on the voice instructions.

Electrodes should be attached to the victim, on whom the machine will measure the heart rate and instruct on the primary resuscitation techniques, assisted by LED illuminated activity pictures. 

There is no harm in putting a person on the device - the smart machine measures the heart rate and gives an electrical impulse only when needed.

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