Singapore Taxi Drivers Will Now Protect Public with On-Board Defibrillators


SMRT taxi driver, Simon Ngiam Shu Leng, with the lifesaving HeartSine AED. Photo courtesy of SMRT.

Thanks to a new lifesaving initiative involving SMRT taxis and Temasek Cares, the Singapore community will now be better protected in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

The program, called SMRT-Temasek Cares AED on Wheels, aims to save lives by equipping 100 taxis with HeartSine® samaritan PAD Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that will be used by taxi drivers within a 1.5 km/1 mile radius of an actual SCA event. In the event of an SCA, the taxi drivers will be immediately alerted via a mobile application, allowing them to reach the victim as soon as possible to begin lifesaving measures.

The HeartSine samaritan® AED, a 1.1 kg/2.4 lbs device that analyzes the heart rhythm and can deliver an electrical shock to victims of SCA in order to restore the heart to normal rhythm, will guard passengers and anyone within the mobile application’s radius of an SCA, a life-threatening condition in which the heart stops beating without warning.

One of the participating SMRT taxi drivers, Rani Krishnasamy, said: “It does not take up space, it’s just a small bag … below my seat. It’s a good thing because to save a life is very important and if those few minutes count, I think it’s very important.”

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