The chiefs of the 12 provincial government-run hospitals pose with Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. after receiving the portable Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for their respective hospital ambulances on Thursday, February 1, 2018. At left is Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, concurrent head of the Hospital Management Office which supervises the operation of the 11 district hospitals and the Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, Iloilo.
The ambulances of the 12 Iloilo provincial government-run hospitals are now equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. turned over the 12 units of AED to the chiefs of hospitals at his office on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
AED is a portable electronic device that is used in cases of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias which lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The device treats ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia through the application of electricity which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, concurrent chief of the Hospital Management Office (HMO), said the AEDs were procured in compliance with the Department of Health’s licensing requirement for hospitals. Banias said the AEDs were bought at the price of P125,000 each.
Hospital personnel especially those assigned in the ambulances will be trained on how to use the device, said Banias. “This will enhance the capability of our hospital personnel to save lives especially during emergency situations,” he added.
Banias noted that the procurement of AEDs for the hospital ambulances is also part of Gov. Defensor’s program to upgrade our hospitals and improve health services.
He said the province already spent more than P1 billion since 2010 for the hospital upgrading program which include improvement of hospital infrastructures, acquisition of state-of-the art equipment, procurement of medicines and other medical supplies, and hiring of more personnel.