Health technology assessment (HTA) of public access defibrillation

On 25 July 2013, the then Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, requested that the Health Information and Quality Authority undertake a health technology assessment (HTA) of a public access defibrillation programme. This was with the aim of informing decision-making on matters related to the Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013. 

The Bill lists the types of premises and venues that will be required to install and maintain automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Among the designated places specifically identified in the Bill are hospitals, places of worship, hospitality and entertainment venues, sports clubs, transport stations, retail premises and public buildings. When combined, this represents a total of over 43,000 premises throughout Ireland. The Bill imposes an obligation on the owners of these premises to install a defibrillator, ensure that it is maintained and available for use, display signs about its location and how to use it, and provide training to employees. 

Tags: defibrillator
Year: 2014