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Stockholm Taxi Drivers to Save Lives

Published fredag 24 april 2009 kl 13.23

Friday brings the official start to a co-operation between a Stockholm hospital and the city’s cab drivers and security guards. The scheme, which is hoped to decrease deaths cause by heart failure, is the first of its kind in the world.

150 Stockholm taxi drivers and 30 security guards have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillators have been installed in their cars. This means that when the emergency services receive an alarm regarding heart failure, they forward the details to Taxi Stockholm and the secutiry company Securitas. Unoccupied drivers and guards nearby can then go straight to the scene and start CPR, awaiting an anbulance.

The aim is to reduce the time between the alarm and the arrival of the emergency services.

Joakim Svendsén, one of the trained cab drivers, told Swedish Radio News that working the defibrillator is not complicated and will help save lives.

“We just go for it, until there are trained doctors or ambulance staff here,” he said. (rm)

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