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Metro staff trained in first aid to give help fast

THE first batch of the city Metro's first-aid staff will be on duty today after training in respond to emergencies like passengers fainting on the subway.

The team of 25 are Metro station staff members or officials and have been trained by local Ruijin Hospital.

Staff members have been awarded certificates of first-aid after taking a main course of cardiac resuscitation, said the Metro operator.

"The Metro staff will be more professional and confident doing first aid now," said Wang Zhonghua, a manager with the operator.

Wang said in the past the workers have had concerns dealing with emergencies. If treated improperly, those who suddenly fainted on the subways could have worse troubles.

In the past, the common practice was to call the emergency line and escort the patients to an ambulance or rescue workers. That meant the "golden hour" to save a life can be lost as they waited. Resuscitation will be made until an ambulance arrives, said hospital doctors.

Team members have been based at 25 stations of Metro lines 1, 5, 9 and 10 for now.

More qualified staff will be introduced with the growth of the local Metro network, which handles up to 7 million passengers a day.


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