Thanks to 180 heart-starting defibrillators, over 100 first aid trained front line staff and a specialist team of bicycle-riding London Ambulance Service paramedics, Heathrow Airport has been declared the best place to survive a heart attack.
This has been confirmed by the London Ambulance Service who says Heathrow has the highest cardiac arrest survival rate in London, outside of hospital (of course).
The team of 15 London Ambulance Service paramedics who make up the “Heathrow Cycle Response Unit” have an unparalleled response rate to medical emergencies. Stats show that they reached 93.6% of the most serious and life threatening emergencies at the airport within eight minutes, far exceeding the national target which states that 75% of these emergencies are to be met within the same time frame.
Of the 6.5million people who travelled in June 2013, the bicycling paramedics treated nearly 900 passengers – with more than a fifth being treated for life-threatening conditions. Passengers are never more than 2 minutes away from a defibrillator.