In a bid to keep the public safe, Shanghai is planning to install more AEDs (automated external defibrillators) around the city's railway stations. The first batch, which includes 15 AEDs, will be available for use this month, reports Shine.
An Automated External Defibrillator is a portable lifesaving device which treats those who suffer a heart attack through defibrillation and allows the heart to resume normal function. The use of AEDs can significantly increase the survival rate of patients.
On September 8, which is also the 19th World First Aid Day, a ceremony was held at Hongqiao Railway Station. During the ceremony, volunteers from the Shanghai Branch of Red Cross Society of China demonstrated how to use of the lifesaving machines. It was also announced that securing more AEDs along with providing the appropriate training was a priority.
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Currently, there are approximately 1,100 AEDs across the city, of which 48 are located at the city's Metro stations and 22 are installed at Pudong International Airport. Last month, Pudong District announced their plan to install an additional 800 AEDs by the end of this year.
Apart from raising public awareness of the lifesaving machines, the addition of AEDs also serves to improve the infrastructure of the city for the upcoming China International Import Expo in November.
To help residents find these lifesaving devices faster, the Shanghai Branch of Red Cross Society has recently developed a function dubbed ‘AED Map.’ The cloud platform can help locate surrounding AEDs and direct you via the navigation system. Civilians can access it by following the official WeChat account of the Shanghai Branch of Red Cross Society.
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