The Slovak Paradise National Park is visited by more and more tourists every year, which increases the number of situations when people need help in an emergency. Every year, members of the Mountain Rescue Service in the Slovak Paradise intervene in various cases, some of which are directly related to cardiac arrest. It is in such a situation that the use of an AED defibrillator can save a life, as it can be used by anyone before the arrival of the Mountain Rescue Service.
Therefore, five automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) have been installed in the most visited locations of the Slovak Paradise.
These defibrillators are located in Podlesok, Čingov, Kláštorisko, Dedinky and Geravy.
They help to intervene quickly in an emergency and provide first aid, and they are designed so that even a layman can provide first aid with them.
On each device there is concise and concise information with illustrations on how to use it in an emergency.
Defibrillator at Podlesok
The first place where you can find a freely available defibrillator is the Podlesok Tourist Centre. The green box in which the defibrillator is located is mounted on the wall next to the entrance to the local reception. This reception is located just opposite the Rumanka restaurant.
Podlesok is a popular tourist centre and a starting point for many hikes. The most visited gorge of the Slovak Paradise - Suchá Bela - starts directly at Podlesok. You can also reach Kláštorisko, from where you can continue to other gorges, such as Ferrata HZS Kysel, Malý Kysel or Veľký Kysel. There are several restaurants, buffets and also a stage where various events are regularly held at the opening of the summer tourist season.
Defibrillator at Čingov
The second place with a freely available defibrillator is the Čingov tourist centre. The green box in which the defibrillator is located is fixed on the wall right in front of the entrance to the cafeteria and the information centre - Chata na rozccestí.
In addition to the buffets and restaurants, there is also the base of the Slovak Paradise Mountain Rescue Service in Čingov. Čingov is the starting point for many tourist activities. You can visit the Sovia Skala, Ihla and of course the famous Tomášovský view. But you can also head towards the Prielom Hornádu to Letanovský Mlyn, or to Kláštorisko or Ferrata HZS Kyseľ.
Defibrillator at Kláštorisko
Another place with a freely available defibrillator is the tourist centre Kláštorisko. The green box in which the defibrillator is located is fixed on the wall to the left at the entrance to the local restaurant.
Kláštorisko is a popular tourist centre where you can recharge your batteries and continue hiking, for example, by crossing gorges such as Veľký Kysel, Malý Kysel or Ferrata HZS Kysel. There is also a historic Carthusian monastery right on Kláštorisko, which you can visit for free. There is also a symbolic cemetery, where every year a holy mass is held in honour of the deceased who died in the Slovak Paradise.
Defibrillator at Dedinky
Another place with a freely available defibrillator is the tourist centre of Dedinky. The green box that houses the defibrillator is mounted on the wall just inside the entrance to a local restaurant, namely Pizza & Café Lumaro.
Dedinky is a very beautiful and peaceful place that people often use to relax. There are many restaurants, buffets and water rides for rent. In addition to relaxing on the beach, you can also enjoy boating. From the Dedinky you can visit the village of Stratená, above which is located Havrania skala. Not far from the village of Stratená is the famous Dobšinská ice cave or the Borovniak lookout point. In Dedinky you will also find the ski resort of Biele Vody, near which there is the Zejmarská Gorge, through which you can reach Geravy.
Defibrillator at Geravy
The last place with a freely available defibrillator is Geravy. The green box that houses the defibrillator is mounted on the wall by the dispensing window of the local cafeteria.
Geravy can be reached from the Dedinky or via the Zejmarská gorge. There are also plans to reinstate a cable car service to the site in the future. It is a very popular destination for cyclists and there is even a small zoo with a few animals. From Geravy you can continue to Havrania Skala, but you can also head towards Čingov via Klauzy.