Ministry considers installing more AEDs

SAFETY PREPARATIONS: A health official said the ministry was mulling installing additional AEDs in public places, such as temples, schools and community centers

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 02, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is considering installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is seen in Taipei yesterday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare is considering installing more AEDs at public places around Taiwan.
Photo: CNA

at more public places, including temples, to reduce fatalities from sudden cardiac arrest, a senior health official said.

The ministry was investigating the feasibility of expanding the current installation of AEDs to more public spaces, such as popular temples, community centers and junior-high and elementary schools, Department of Medical Affairs Director-General Shih Chung-liang (石崇良) said.

AEDs are already installed in public venues, including transportation hubs, tourist attractions, high schools, universities, assembly sites, leisure areas that attract at least 3,000 people a day, large shopping malls, hotels and hot spring areas, Shih said.

The review came after the death on Wednesday of Canadian-Taiwanese actor and model Godfrey Gao (高以翔) in China.    [FULL  STORY]

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