The Community of Madrid will have defibrillators in all Metro stations before the end of the year
The Community of Madrid will have defibrillators in all Metro stations before the end of the year. This means travellers on the Madrid underground will be protected by a tool that saves lives by providing first aid in the event of cardiorespiratory arrest, increasing their chances of survival.
In total, the Metro network will have 291 defibrillators, a number that exceeds the requirements of the regulations, which make it obligatory to have defibrillators in all stations with an influx of more than 5,000 passengers a day. At present, the public company Metro de Madrid has 261 defibrillators in 207 stations in the network, as well as 11 more on company premises. This means that over 80% of Madrid's underground stations already have devices of this type.
Today, the Regional Government's Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido, visited La Almudena station, the last station where this equipment has been installed, to check how it works. "Thanks to the defibrillators, we can better protect the users of a public service like Metro and its workers. And doing so with state-of-the-art equipment, with a permanent connection to the emergency network through a telephone terminal, and which allows us to attend to the majority of cardiac arrests that may occur," Garrido stressed.
In addition, 2,016 Metro workers, including sales representatives, line managers and technicians, maintenance managers and depot chiefs, have received the necessary training to be able to use the equipment and manage this type of situation in the best possible way. The regional government considers it necessary that the company's workers who may have to intervene in an emergency be prepared for this. Metro Ligero 1 and TFM, operated by concessionary companies, will implement the defibrillators in their facilities during 2020 and 2021.
Since installation began in late 2017, the defibrillators have been used 19 times, 90% of the time successfully. That is, enabling the person being treated to be transferred to the hospital alive. Over the last three months, this equipment has enabled Metro staff to revive three people who entered the underground.
The most recent case occurred on 18 June, at Ventas station, when a Line 2 user was attended to by Metro staff, first on a train and then on the platform. In collaboration with another traveller, they were kept alive until the arrival of SAMUR medical assistance services.
A second case occurred on 26 May, when a passenger flow control group consisting of two guards and an inspector managed to save the life of another user with their resuscitation manoeuvres and the help of the defibrillator on the platform at Príncipe Pío station.
A few days earlier, on 18 May, a Metro de Madrid supervisor and a security guard saved the life of a passenger who fainted on the platform of La Rambla station after suffering a cardiac arrest. They were resuscitated using a defibrillator.
A MEANS TO SAVE LIVES
Defibrillators can be used by anyone if necessary, as the device itself guides the user on what to do at any given time. In addition, the devices are connected to the emergency network of Madrid 112 by means of a telephone terminal, which is activated at the time of use.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the Western world, and sudden cardiac death is one of the most common. It also occurs most often outside the hospital environment, hence the importance of the installation of these devices.
Technological advances have enabled these devices called automated external defibrillators to be readily available. Due to their characteristics and easy operation, and according to the scientific evidence available, they are suitable for use by staff outside the health profession and outside the health environment.