Defibrillator in Centro out for maintenance
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The automated external defibrillator located across from the Jardín outside the former city hall is absent, but contrary to a rumor that it was stolen the director of the Civil Protection Department, Felipe Cohen, assured Atención that it is undergoing routine maintenance in Monterrey.
In July 2010 San Miguel de Allende became the first city in Latin America to have public external defibrillators, electrical devices that administer electroshocks help to restore vital signs following a cardiac arrest. Defibrillators were installed in crowded locations such as Plaza la Luciérnaga, La Biblioteca, Hotel Real de Minas and the Mercado de Artesanías, in addition to the one outside the former city hall building. The then mayor Luz María Núñez said that it was a special day for San Miguel and the next step was going to be training the general public on the use of the device.
Liliana Aguascalientes, a member of PACE MD, told Atención that the defibrillators—which can cost from 35,000 to 60,000 pesos—were donated to PACE MD, which later donated them to the local government. According to Aguascalientes, the defibrillator located in the Biblioteca has been used once, and she added that “the local administration has the information because they are responsible for maintenance.” She also commented that two months ago she noticed the absence of the defibrillator outside the former city hall, but an employee from the Civil Protection Department told her that it had been sent for maintenance.
Cohen told Atención that the defibrillator in the historic center was used twice, once by personnel from the Traffic and Public Security Department, and for that reason in order to check the battery and also replace the patches that expire every two years the device was removed from its box two months ago. According to Cohen, a company from Monterrey called Biomédica has the contract to maintain the devices. They have the defibrillator and will return it to the administration in the next three weeks.
Cohen also commented that the boxes housing the devices will be replaced and all the defibrillators need maintenance, which should be completed in September of this year. The total expenditure for the maintenance of the six defibrillators will be 120,000 pesos. After September, that department will hold a mass training on how to use the devices.
On a webpage it was posted that the defibrillator had been stolen, but Cohen said the device could not have been stolen because an alarm is connected to the 066 emergency system and the alarm was never activated.