Cardioprotection in the metro
We work for a 100% cardioprotected network by the end of 2021
Defibrillators in the metro network
In August 2014, TMB joined the ‘Barcelona, cardioprotected city’ programme, promoted by the Barcelona Health Association and the Brugada Foundation, in collaboration with the Catalan Ministry of Health, Barcelona City Council, SEM (Medical Emergency Services) and the Pharmacies Association, with sponsorship from FIATC Insurances and Philips. As a result of the agreement, four of the most frequented metro stations were equipped with semi-automatic defibrillators.
The goal is to protect all metro stations, for the first time anywhere in Europe. By the end of 2018, a total of 21 semi-automatic defibrillators had been installed at 26 interchanges on the underground network. And in July 2021, the 24 busiest network interchanges, which allow passengers to switch from and to other rail transport, were cardioprotected. The plan is to have a 100% cardioprotected network by the end of 2021. Since the start of the project, staff have been trained to use the defibrillators as they have been installed.
How defibrillators are used
These devices are automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), which diagnose and treat cardiorespiratory arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia without a pulse, and can be used by anyone even if they have no health knowledge.
The defibrillators are inside a signposted transparent box, in the central area of the platforms and next to the intercom. They are simple devices, suitable for anyone with no health knowledge. If a passenger is suspected of suffering a cardiac arrest, the first thing to do is press the SOS button of the intercom next to the box containing the defibrillator. The Metro Control Centre then notifies the emergency centre so that medical services can go to the station. Next take out the defibrillator and follow the instructions. The device analyses the patient’s condition and applies an electric shock to restore the heart rate.
Quick action, within 10 minutes of the heart attack
TMB works to prevent sudden deaths from heart failure.
Cardiovascular diseases cause 30% of total mortality in the world and constitute a major public health problem, with an impact on people of any age and condition. Apart from the prevention and dissemination of healthy habits, an effective way of avoiding this is to disseminate defibrillators that can be used within 10 minutes of the heart attack, which are decisive.