The “Progetto Vita” Association in Piacenza was the first European project in the area regarding “Early Defibrillator” designed and developed to prevent sudden death due to cardiac arrest.
It was conceived by Prof. Alessandro Capucci and Dr. Daniela Aschieri and was developed thanks to the contribution of doctors, nurses and volunteers of the association.
The project consists of the creation of a network of “semiautomatic defibrillators” located in strategic points around the city and the province of Piacenza which are used by “non-healthcare” personnel.
The objective is to intervene before the fateful “5 golden minutes” from the onset of a cardiac arrest until the arrival of the ambulance
With Piacenza’s 99,665 inhabitants the city was the perfect place to implement this project as it is a small city and all the districts are easily accessible via an extensive road system. Subsequently the project was extended to the province (150,000 inhabitants). The creation of the “Life Project” began in September 1998 with a series of meetings with citizens in order to spread this new culture of emergency and to raise funds necessary for the realization of the project. The meetings were organized with volunteer associations, owners of public and private bodies, heads of cultural organizations and local authorities.
In this way we tried to involve the greatest number of people in order to make the project an objective of the community of Piacenza. Citizenship thus welcomed the project and raised the funds for its realization.
LAMINATI CAVANNA spa was one of the first private companies in the area to purchase a defibrillator, to create and form a team of volunteers among its employees. Our defibrillator is available for the Industrial Zone of Calendasco in the Ponte Trebbia area and is included among those available in the area.