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The Netherlands is the first country in the world to have a national resuscitation network for civilian emergency workers

Milestone

“A huge milestone that saves thousands of lives every year. In 4 years, the number of civilian aid workers in our country has grown by almost 50%. The number of AEDs has also increased rapidly in recent years. The Heart Foundation is celebrating this milestone today in the presence of King Willem-Alexander.

National network of 245,000 civilian aid workers

At the moment, no fewer than 245,000 Dutch people have registered as a civilian emergency worker with the resuscitation call system HartslagNu. There were 170,000 4 years ago. With this enormous growth, civil emergency services can now be called for every 112 report of a cardiac arrest.

1st 6 minutes crucial in cardiac arrest

The first six minutes are crucial for the greatest chance of survival. Within a so-called 6-minute zone, people offer the right help in the event of a cardiac arrest within 6 minutes: they call 112, start CPR and use an AED.

Call system

Our country is the first country in the world to have an intricate and national resuscitation network of civilian emergency workers. This network of volunteers is constantly evolving and new registrations are still needed to save as many lives as possible. What is special is that the system runs entirely on the enormous efforts of volunteers who help to save lives in their neighbourhood.

Unique

‘We are very pleased with the growth in the number of civilian first responders and AEDs. It is unique that our CPR network consists entirely of volunteers. We are very proud of that. Thanks to them, we can save many lives every year. It is now especially important to maintain that number of volunteers. This also applies to the number of AEDs in our country. In this way, the 6-minute zone works optimally. We are honored and proud that HM the King is coming to celebrate this milestone with us and will thank everyone who contributes to this system together with us,” says Floris Italianer, director of the Heart Foundation.

Great news from research

Researchers from the Amsterdam UMC have shown that thanks to the efforts of civilian emergency workers, more people survive a cardiac arrest at home. The results of this ARREST investigation were recently published. In the region studied, the survival rate in the event of a cardiac arrest at home rose from 26% to 39% because the emergency rooms also called for civilian emergency workers.

The Netherlands is the first country in the world to have a national resuscitation network for civilian emergency workers
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