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Airlines worry.

I hope that our airlines in the Gulf region are 100 per cent safety conscious.

As someone with 23 years of experience in the ambulance service and 15 years in the defibrillation industry, I was shocked to read about the death of Davina Tavener on a Ryanair flight.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more people worldwide than any other disease and unless a defibrillator is deployed quickly the victim will die.

For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, survival falls by seven to 10 per cent.

An aircraft is a high risk environment as it cannot call emergency services and diverting to a hospital takes far too long.

Ryanair should be ashamed that it does not have defibrillators on board like other airlines to protect its passengers.

Automated defibrillators are easy to use and have been proven time and time again to save lives.

Steve Jelfs

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jun 23, 2015
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