Freitag, 24. Februar 2017:
Defi-columns can be lifesavers at the side of the pavement. Today in Karlsplatz the 11th Defi-column in Vienna's city centre was put into operation by Landtag President Harry Kopietz, and Gewista CEO Franz Solta
The Defi columns built by Gewista are city furniture with special added value: Not only do they include a life-saving defibrillator, but also a screen with simple instructions on first aid. The 11th Defi-column in Vienna's city centre was put into operation by President of Parliament, Harry Kopietz, and Gewista CEO Franz Solta.
The defis can be removed in an emergency similar to fire extinguishers. Automatic GPS positioning is established as well as an instant automatic telephone connection with the emergency call centre of the Vienna emergency services.
On a touch screen in the defi-column, relevant defi-information can be given or requested. The back of the column is equipped with a 72 inch screen, through which advertising messages are displayed for the refinancing of the location.
“Important to know: Anyone who dials emergency rescue 144 will be informed of the nearest available defibrillator immediately over the phone, and will be accompanied through the resuscitation process over the phone. You can’t do anything wrong“, says Dr. Mario Krammel Managing Director of PULS and intensive care physician at the MedUni Vienna.
“We are pleased there is another life saving defi-column and a short while ago we started to put defi-columns into operation in Salzburg, based on the Vienna model. In addition to the expansion in Vienna, we will equip additional provincial capital cities with life-saving defis. Our goal is to be established in all the main cities and urban centres in a timely manner,“ says Gewista CEO Franz Solta.
How useful this device actually is and how successfully it can function was shown only a few months ago: In Mariahilferstraße, a first aider was able to revive a man suffering from a heart attack by means of a public defi. “The involvement of first aiders is enormously important. Because the time until the arrival of professional can be the difference between life and death,” says Harry Kopietz, Vienna Landtag President and President of “Puls”, the association for the fight against sudden cardiac death.
The project is implemented by Gewista together with the association Puls and is scientifically supported by MedUni Vienna.
Currently there are 11 columns in the Vienna city center:
You can find the Defi-towers online at www.puls.at