Time for de­fib­ril­la­tors on trains

Rail (UK) - - Christian Wolmar -

A friend of mine was re­cently on a train when an el­derly woman had a heart at­tack. Trained in first aid, he and an­other pas­sen­ger gave CPR for half an hour un­til the emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived.

Sadly, the lady died, but my pal has made a good point. He tried to get a de­fib­ril­la­tor, but there was none on the train.

This is some­thing that could save lives. They cost around £500 each, which is not a vast ex­pense even if just half a dozen peo­ple were saved each year.

Of course, there are is­sues about where it would be kept and who would have ac­cess, but these are not in­su­per­a­ble. In­deed, on long-dis­tance trains, which al­ways have a train man­ager on duty, there seems no bar­rier to in­stalling them straight­away. There is an on­line pe­ti­tion ( https://pe­ti­tion.

par­lia­ment.uk/pe­ti­tions/177347) which can be signed to put pres­sure on the Gov­ern­ment, but per­haps this is some­thing the Rail De­liv­ery Group or train op­er­a­tors could pick up.

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