December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Thanks to a specialist team of bicycle-riding paramedics Heathrow has been declared the best place to have a heart attack, outside of a hospital.
The London Ambulance Service said the airport has the highest cardiac arrest survival rate in London, with a team of 100 first aid trained front line staff on hand to deal with medical emergencies.
There are also 180 defibrillators, meaning passengers are never more than two minutes away from heart-starting equipment, and a unique ‘Heathrow Cycle Response Unit’ with 15 paramedics, giving an unparalleled response rate to incidents.
All this means response times are better than anywhere except inside a hospital, and you are six times more likely to survive a cardiac arrest at Heathrow than anywhere else in London.
Recent statistics from the ambulance service showed they reached 93.6 per cent of the most serious and life threatening emergencies at the airport within eight minutes, far exceeding the national target.
Heathrow is the only UK airport to have specialist bike-riding paramedics, they are on call 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, patrolling the 632,064 square metres of terminals 1, 3, 4 and 5.
Carrying a medical kit which includes a heart-starting defibrillator, bag-and-mask resuscitator, blood-pressure monitor, burns dressings, oxygen and pain-relieving gas cylinders and even a maternity pack for delivering babies, the Heathrow Cycle Response Unit are sent out to all types of calls within the airport.
London Ambulance Service Community Resuscitation Training Officer Martin Bullock said: “We’ve been working with Heathrow Airport for over 10 years and thanks to the defibrillators, its first aid trained staff and our cycle responders it has one of the highest cardiac arrest survival rates in the world.
“With a cardiac arrest every second counts and getting a defibrillator to the patient as soon as possible will greatly increase their chances of survival.”