29 Jun '11, 12am

Changi Airport to get heart attack devices

PORTABLE medical devices to handle heart attacks will soon be available in Changi Airport. A spokesman for the Changi Airport Group, which runs the airport, said a tender has been called to supply these gadgets, called automated external defibrillators (AEDs), to its four terminals. The device - which costs about $2,500 to $3,000 - helps to restore a normal heartbeat by delivering electric shocks. It buys time for the patient to be sent to hospital, as every minute of delay in resuscitation efforts reduces his chances of survival by 7 per cent to 10 per cent. 'As the tender has not closed, we are unable to provide more details at this stage,' the spokesman added, when asked about matters such as when the installation would be completed. Currently, medical emergencies are handled by doctors from the Raffles Medical Group, which runs clinics at all the airport terminals exce...

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