Cardioprotection in the metro
Semi-automatic defibrillators in the metro. Some stations have defibrillators to make it a heart safe line.
Defibrillators in the metro network
In August 2014, TMB joined the program "Barcelona, a cardio-protected city", promoted by the Association Barcelona Salut and the Brugada Foundation, with the cooperation of the local government's Department of Health, the Medical Emergency System (SEM) and the Association of Pharmacies, sponsored by FIATC Assegurances and Philips.As a result of the agreement, semi-automatic defibrillators were installed in four of the most frequently used metro stations.
The goal is to have all metro network stations cardio-protected for the first time in Europe, starting with the installation of 21 semi-automatic defibrillators in 21 metro network interchanges by the end of 2018, and gradually installing the devices in all the stations. At the same time, metro staff will be trained in how to use them.
The defibrillators are kept in a transparent identified box on the central part of the platform area and next to the intercom. They are simple devices, and medical knowledge is not required to use them. If you think a passenger is having a heart attack, the first thing you should do is press the SOS button on the intercom located next to the defibrillator box. By doing this, the Metro Control Center will be able to notify the emergency hotline so that a medical team can be sent to the station. After this, you will need to take out the defibrillator and follow the instructions. The device analyses the patient's status and delivers an electric shock to reestablish a heartbeat.
Cardiovascular diseases cause 30% of all deaths in the world and constitute a major public health problem, affecting people of any age and condition. Along with prevention and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, an effective way to avoid heart-related deaths is the dissemination of defibrillators that can be used in the critical 10 minutes following a heart attack.