The Lo-Commotion: How to Manage Emergencies on Board
20 year old Alissa Banda caused a bit of a locommotion as she went into second stage labor on a train in Mexico while trying to travel to her local hospital, according to ParentDish. Her baby daughter had other ideas about how she wanted to greet the world and forced her parents and grandmother to disembark at a station to deliver her. While trains sometimes have a reputation for being late, the baby girl certainly put in a speedy appearance.
Alissa gave birth in a subway tunnel inside the station, with the aid of police officers. When asked about it later, she joked that at least her daughter would have something interesting to say when her friends asked her where she was born!
Her story is not the first of its kind Ė medical emergencies can and do sometimes happen on trains and because of this rail companies have a variety of safeguards to ensure the safety of passengers on board and the rail industry is continually striving to improve medical services and other health and safety aspects of train transportation.
Emergency Supplies on Trains
Modern trains all have an emergency first aid kit, an emergency tool kit and an emergency intercom system.
Some trains may carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) Ė a type of electric shock paddle that requires minimal training and can be used by a non-medical member of staff and uses audio and visual instructions so that it can be applied with ease. This is a vital piece of equipment that can keep a passengerís heart in rhythm until the emergency services arrive. It may seem unnecessary but if a passenger has a heart attack on a train that doesnít carry one, it could mean the difference between life and death. For this reason, doctors in the UK are calling for all rail companies to ensure that their trains are equipped with AEDís, report the British Medical Journal.
If you feel unwell or you notice another passenger is unwell you can notify a member of the train crew via the emergency intercom so they can assist you.
If you have become involved in a train accident, the trainís tool kit carries items such as a pry bar, a hacksaw and a glow stick to aid in exiting from the train in the event of a derailment. Crew are trained in how to react in an emergency and will do their best to help you.
How Passengers can Help Themselves
There are also a number of ways passengers can help themselves and prevent accidents. Virginia Railway Express have some helpful hints:
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