Near 50.000 cardiac stops in our territory, with a survival rate lower than 6%. In this context, the response time to these eventualities is key to patient survival, and the only known treatment to reverse most of these medical emergencies is the use of DESA defibrillators.
Over the past year, the total number of passengers transported by Spanish airports was 263,7 million, data that is increasing every year. Compared to 2017, this figure grew by almost 6%.
Defibrillators at airports ensure the cardioprotection of all passengers and workers
In the case of a large airport such as Adolfo Suarez Madrid - Barajas, around 190.000 people pass by. Last year it moved a total of 57,89 million travelers. While the airport of Barcelona - El Prat moved 50,17 millions of passengers.
The best solution to quickly and vitally assist those users who present a possible cardiorespiratory arrest is the cardiosecurity of these spaces. The use of semi-automatic defibrillators and CPR resuscitation maneuvers are able to keep the victim alive until emergency services arrive,
Currently, defibrillators are smart devices, which from the moment the lid is opened indicates the steps to follow, so the simplicity of its use means that non-medical personnel can handle it safely and effectively.
It is essential that the airport staff is trained in Basic Life Support
In addition to the DESA defibrillator, it is required at airports Formations in Basic Life Support to all airport ground staff. Airport workers have to be trained to be prepared for an episode of sudden death, in most cases they are the first to arrive at the place of the event, their training is basic to be able to administer a CPR in a safe, timely and effective way, both in adults, as children and infants.
The early location of defibrillators is basic for the victim's survival
It is important that airport defibrillators are available to anyone, whether airport personnel, security officers or travelers.
In the United States, its implementation is widespread in airports. What is reflected in incredible data compared to those of our country. As we have said before, in Spain, the survival rate for cardiac arrest does not reach almost 6%, while in the US, 50% is reached.
What is this all about? Clearly to the culture of cardiosecurity that prevails in this country. Let us keep in mind that a DEA defibrillator is available to all airports worldwide.
At the Chicago airport, for example, during the previous two years, 21 people with cardiac arrest, 18 of these with ventricular fibrillation were registered. In 4 of these cases, the defibrillator was unfortunately not close enough and was not used in the first minutes of gold. None of these people survived. While in the 10 of the patients who managed to get out alive, they were alive and neurologically perfect a year. We speak, therefore, of an 56% survival rate. And very important too, with virtually no neurological damage.
Finally, highlight the importance of maintenance in this type of apparatus located in places with so much traffic of people. They must be prepared at all times for use in the most effective way.
Together we save lives!
For real cardiosecurity in our airports!