84 lifesaving defibrillators installed at Greater Manchester stations

Train company Northern Rail has introduced defibrillators at 84 stations across Greater Manchester.

A further six will be installed later this year – meaning that every station run by the rail operator in this area will have a defibrillator.

Every defibrillator has step by step spoken instructions built in which explain how to use it on someone in an emergency.

Defibrillators analyse a person’s heart rhythms to find out if an electric shock is needed and will deliver a shock if required.

All units will be added to the national register and voluntary ‘familiarisation training’ will be made available by Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS) to any station staff along with local communities.

David McNally, community engagement, resuscitation & collaboration manager at NWAS NHS Trust said: “Defibrillators play a vital part in the chain of survival and are integral in helping to save someone’s life if they suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

“Every minute counts when someone’s heart stops and if basic life support and an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available in the first 4 minutes then there is an 80 per cent chance of survival.  By Northern placing these accessible defibrillators on stations across the Greater Manchester area, it not only serves the users of the station but also the surrounding community.”

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