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Cruise ships - Defibrillators becoming increasingly common

Why defibrillators on ships are vital.

Defibrillators are lifesaving pieces of equipment and they are an increasingly common feature in a range of settings, from hospitals to schools, leisure centres and hotels. Also called automated external defibrillators (AEDs), these machines deliver an electric shock to the heart when individuals suffer cardiac arrests. There are certain environments in which the presence of defibrillators is an absolute must, and cruise ships are amongst these.

Health risks don’t disappear on a cruise

People like to forget about the practicalities of life when they set off on their holidays, but the fact is, health risks don’t disappear just because individuals are on vacation. Heart attacks often take victims by surprise. Highlighting this fact, the British Heart Foundation estimates that in the UK alone, approximately 60,000 cardiac arrests occur out of hospital each year.

Meanwhile, these medical emergencies can affect anyone. They are most common in people aged over 45, but individuals of any age can suffer heart attacks.

Why defibrillators on ships are vital

Every minute counts

When these incidents occur, fast action is required. Every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation reduces people’s chances of survival by around ten per cent. This means that when cardiac arrests take place, it’s vital that there are trained individuals on hand to help, and that these people have access to the right equipment.

Case in point

If you ever need reminding of the importance of defibrillators on cruise ships, just take a look at the news. Sadly, cases of passengers suffering heart attacks while on such holidays are common. One example involved a woman named Patty Bliss, who embarked on a weekend trip on the Carnival Glory cruise ship. While enjoying food and drinks on deck, she slumped over in her chair. Shocked onlookers discovered she had stopped breathing and had no pulse.

Realising that she had suffered a cardiac arrest, they began giving her CPR and called for a defibrillator. This was used to administer two electric shocks. Ms Bliss was then taken by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.


The logistical issues facing cruise ship companies make defibrillators particularly important. These vessels can be many miles from shore when passengers suffer health emergencies, meaning getting them to hospital can take a long time.

It is therefore crucial that the ships are equipped with appropriate medical supplies, and defibrillators are a must-have item.

Choosing the right equipment

If you are on the lookout for equipment like this, it’s important that you select high-quality products that have all the relevant features.

Perhaps the iPAD AED would be perfect for your organisation. This is considered the latest in defibrillator technology and is small and light enough to transport easily. Also, it is simple to operate and features voice controls, helping to ensure that even in fraught situations, people are able to use it successfully.

In addition, the machine has various different settings, meaning it can be used to treat both adults and children. It also has a built-in safety cover to ensure that the modes aren’t accidentally switched during operation.


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