Cardioprotection in the metro
Semi-automatic defibrillators in the metro. Some stations on L1 have defibrillators to make it a heart safe line.
Defibrillators in metro stations
In August 2014 TMB joined the "Barcelona, heart safe city" programme promoted by Associació Barcelona Salut and the Brugada Foundation, with the collaboration of Catalan Ministry of Health, Barcelona City Council, the SEM and the Pharmacies Association, and sponsored by FIATC Assegurances and Philips.
As the result of an agreement, semi-automatic defibrillators are being installed in metro stations, starting on line 1 Espanya, Universitat, Catalunya and La Sagrera, the busiest. The aim is to ensure cardioprotection in all metro stations, a first in Europe.
The defibrillators are in clearly marked transparent boxes, in the middle of the platform, next to the intercom. They are simple appliances and can be used by anyone, even without medical training. If you suspect that a passenger is having a cardiac arrest, you should first press the SOS button on the intercom next to the box with the defibrillator in. This enables Metro Control Centre staff to notify the emergency services so that they can come to the station. The next step is to remove the defibrillator from the box and follow the instructions. The device monitors the patient's status and applies an electric shock to re-establish heart rhythm.
Heart disease causes 30% of all deaths worldwide and constitute a major public health problem, affecting people of all ages and status. Aside from prevention and publicising a health lifestyle, one effective way to keep the death rate in check is to supply defibrillators to be used within 10 minutes of a cardiac episode, which are crucial.