316 defibrillators installed in the Madrid Metro

The Lifeguard Project completed the installation of 316 defibrillators in Metro in the Community of Madrid to cover its entire network of Metro stations.

At Proyecto Salvavidas we can proudly say that today the installation of the last defibrillator of the 316 assigned to the Madrid Metro stations has been completed. These defibrillators, to date, have allowed 80% of the travelers who have needed them to be transferred alive to a hospital center. With this initiative, Metro becomes one of the most cardioprotected transport networks in Europe. 

 

Metro de Madrid cardio insured with 316 AED defibrillators

 

In total, the Madrid Metro has 316 defibrillators installed between stations and work centers. This is a number of defibrillators higher than what is established by the regulations, which obliges to have defibrillators in all those stations with an influx of more than 5.000 daily travelers.

The last station to incorporate this system has been Manoteras, located on line 4, and the Regional Minister for Housing and Local Administration, David Pérez, has attended its installation today and has been able to verify its operation. 

Pérez has pointed out that "The purpose of having defibrillators throughout the suburban is to be able to save lives, because they allow immediate attention to a cardiorespiratory arrest that a traveler may suffer, notably increasing their survival expectations and reducing subsequent sequelae."

 

Regulation of DEA defibrillators in the Community of Madrid 


The regulations allow any person, be it a worker or user, to use these devices after establishing the corresponding connection with the emergency telephone number 112
, with which the defibrillator is permanently connected.

Technological advances have allowed the appearance of this type of equipment called automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that, due to their characteristics and easy operation, and according to the scientific evidence available, make them ideal for use by personnel outside the health profession outside the hospital environment.

Proof of this is that, since November 2017, the date on which the installation of defibrillators began, until today, these devices have been used successfully in most cases.

Of the 25 occasions in which its use has been required, in five of them it did not detect cardiac incidence and, of the other 20, in 12 it has made it possible to transfer the patient alive to a hospital.

The regulations allow any person, be it a worker or a user, to be able to use these devices after establishing the corresponding connection with the emergency telephone number 112, with which the defibrillator is permanently connected.

 

 

Technological advances have allowed the appearance of this type of equipment called automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that, due to their characteristics and easy operation, and according to the scientific evidence available, make them ideal for use by personnel outside the health profession outside the hospital environment.

 

Sudden death, the leading cause of death in the western world

 

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the western world and among them, sudden cardiac death as a result of secondary cardiac arrest, mainly due to ventricular fibrillation, occupies a prominent place.

Most of these sudden deaths occur outside of the hospital environment, hence the importance of installing this equipment.

Correct attention to cardiorespiratory arrest consists of the early application of a series of actions known as a chain of survival, which includes, in this order: 

  1. Recognition of the situation and activation of the health emergency system.
  2. The immediate start of basic life support maneuvers.
  3. Early electrical defibrillation and the rapid introduction of advanced life support techniques.

The only effective treatment for ventricular fibrillation is early electrical defibrillation, Therefore, the participation of the first intervening person is essential for the prognosis and survival of those who suffer a cardiorespiratory arrest.


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