SMRT - Temasek Foundation Cares AED on Wheels
Pilot programme to build community preparedness through equipping SMRT taxis with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Partners: SMRT Taxis, Singapore Heart Foundation
Supporting organisations: National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council, National Taxi Association, Singapore Civil Defence Force
Every year there are 1,900 Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA), of which the survival rate is 3%1. The survival rate falls by 7-10% for every minute without medical intervention.
An ambulance takes an average of 11 minutes to arrive at the scene of an emergency; bystanders who administer CPR can increase OHCA survival rate by more than two-fold, while using an AED can raise the rate by 11 times2.
The SMRT - Temasek Foundation Cares AED on Wheels is a three-year pilot programme to improve the community's response rate and time to OHCA cases, as well as to establish taxis as first responders to provide AEDs and assistance. 100 SMRT taxis are equipped with AEDs to increase the availability of AEDs in the community. In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, an AED can be delivered quickly to the scene, thereby improving the chances of survival for the victim. The programme to 'mobilise' AEDs through taxis on such a scale is a first-of-its-kind in Southeast Asia.
The programme involves the following:
- Voluntary participation by 100 SMRT taxi drivers
- Participating taxi drivers are trained to perform CPR and use an AED
- Participating taxi drivers are registered with the myResponder mobile app to receive alerts
- In the event of an OHCA, drivers who are able to respond will confirm that they are able to help via the app
- Up to two taxis can respond to an emergency, with one acting as a back-up for the other
- The taxi driver who arrives at the scene will deliver the AED to support first responders to the emergency call
"This was my first activation and with the good training conducted by the Singapore Heart Foundation, I was able to remain calm and proceed with the checks (on the pulse and breathing of the patient). I'm very happy to be able to play an active role in society by saving lives."
~ Simon Ngiam, SMRT Taxi Partner. He responded to an OHCA alert within 4 minutes on 23 Nov 2015
1 Source: Singapore Civil Defence Force (website)
2 Source: The Straits Times "SCDF Rolls Out Tech Tools for Faster Response in Saving Lives", 18 April 2014