Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in the US has installed a Cardiac Science G5 automated external defibrillator (AED) for every 75ft in all of its terminals, totalling to 285 devices across the airport.
The project is intended to cater to the passengers experiencing sudden cardiac events in the airport, which is reported to handle more than 270,000 people per day.
While an average of 24 medical calls are received by the airport on a daily basis, it is required to deploy an AED an average of around ten times per month.
An AED is a portable device designed to automatically detect life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia.
It can also treat the conditions through defibrillation, where electricity is applied to stop the arrhythmia and allow the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
Early use of an AED along with CPR is said to improve survival outcomes in case of sudden cardiac arrest.
The devices installed at Hartsfield-Jackson have been developed by AED developer and manufacturer Cardiac Science. The company also makes parts and accessories related to AEDs.
Cardiac Science president and CEO Dev Kurdikar said: “The G5 has many features that make it suitable for such a deployment, including self-tests for rescue readiness, the ability to increase shock energy levels if needed, and the capability of switching the language of the voice prompts with the touch of a button.”
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport operates non-stop service to more than 150 US destinations and 70 international places across more than 50 countries.