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Stockholm Arlanda's investment in heart defibrillators recognised by safety standards body

Stockholm Arlanda has become the first Nordic gateway to be recognised as a 'Heart-Safe Zone' based on its commitment to the installation of defibrillators and training staff how to use them in case of a medical emergency.

The airport has installed 31 defibrillators in public areas across its terminals and trained its staff in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). 


“Our aim is to be on the scene with a defibrillator within three minutes of being alerted that someone is in cardiac arrest,” says Jörgen Jernström, rescue officer at the Arlanda Rescue Service.

Airport operator, Swedavia, is quick to point out that it has also invested in the potentially life saving equipment at its other nine gateways across Sweden as unfortuinately, a number of people are taken ill on their travels each year.

Indeed, the machines were used five times at Stockholm Arlanda in 2015 after passengers suffered a cardiac arrest.
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Equipping Arlanda with 31 defribillators has been recognised by the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) – which represents Sweden in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) – has earned the airport a Heart-Safe Zone accreditation.

According to Swedavia, the standards are quality-assured and were developed in partnership with organisations including the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation and the Swedish Resuscitation Council.

“Passengers at our airports should feel safe even if there is a medical emergency," adds Jernström.

"We now have defibrillators located all around Stockholm Arlanda, within at most a three-minute walk, so wherever you are, you will be able to get a defibrillator within a minute and a half and return to the person afflicted.

"Our staff are trained in CPR and can work a defibrillator."

Statistics show that of the 10,000 Swedes to suffer from cardiac arrest each year, only 550 survive, yet with the help of early CPR and a defibrillator within three minutes, the chance of survival increases 75%.

Our picture shows Stockholm Arlanda nurse, Kristina Nilsson, informing passengers and employees about CPR in SkyCity at Sweden's capital city gateway. 

 

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