In a major move concerning Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that all London Underground and Overground stations, and Dial-a-Ride vehicles, now have life-saving public access defibrillators available to be used if a passenger suffers cardiac arrest.
City Hall, the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) and TfL have completed a massive joint rollout of defibrillators across the transport network, which includes most main bus stations, and piers.
Last year, the London Ambulance Service responded to around 13,000 cardiac arrests across the capital. Fewer than one in ten people currently survive a cardiac arrest and for every minute that goes by without life-saving intervention like CPR and defibrillation, the chances of a person surviving cardiac arrest decrease by 10%.
Londoners can find heart-shaped QR codes on every defibrillator in the TfL network. These QR codes take you straight to a video on City Hall’s website which will show you how to perform CPR and use the defibrillator, using techniques from the LAS London Lifesaver training.
LAS has also launched the London Lifesavers campaign in schools, starting with Year 8 students. More than 200 students from six schools will be trained with CPR and how to use a defibrillator at City Hall today.
Dr Chris Streather, Regional Medical Director & CCIO at the Medical & Digital Transformation Directorate said: “I am delighted about this initiative. The ready availability of defibrillators is a key step in improving survival in out of hospital cardiac arrest. Seconds and minutes really do matter and proximity to life saving equipment will save lives. Heart disease is one of our most significant causes of premature death and this equipment makes a massive difference. The mayor’s leadership on this has been of critical importance. It goes hand in hand with the education of Londoners in core life saving skills, and it is great to see the work the ambulance service are doing with schools which perfectly complements the delivery of these additional defibrillators”.
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