European Resuscitation Council

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Throughout Europe, many National Resuscitation Councils under the banner of the European Resuscitation Council will organize activities on or around World Restart a Heart Day on October 16th 2018.

Austria

Belgium

Denmark

Germany

Greece

Italy

Luxembourg

Malta

The Netherlands

Slovenia

Spain

United Kingdom


Austria

The Austrian Resuscitation Council has produced the ‘Salzburg Declaration’ (text in German). They have succeeded in bringing together the Austrian initiatives for Kids Save Lives in schools (and also one in a kindergarten), the rescue organizations and the Austrian Youth Red Cross; and to set up this important, unique and corporate declaration. It was sent both to the states and national politics and magistrates as well as to the Austrian press.

In Austria, a 30 year old law prescribes First Aid Education in the fifth year of school (delivered by the Austrian Youth Red Cross). We are happy that with this declaration now, we took a big step forward towards focusing on the importance of chest compression training in schoolchildren.

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Belgium

The Belgian Resuscitation Council will be organising activities on 16 October in Brussels, Liège, Gent and Leuven. Along with other organisations, it expects to train 2000 people to use CPR.

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Denmark

The Danish Resuscitation Council will support Restart a Heart 2018 with activities for families and others throughout the country on October 16th and the week before. We support the theme "All citizens of the world can save a life" with a special focus on resuscitation in private homes and expect around 10.000 participants for the Danish Restart a Heart Day.

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Germany

Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Health, and every year since 2013, the “German Resuscitation Week” (Woche der Wiederbelebung) initiated and organized by the German Anaesthesiologists and the German Resuscitation Council (GRC) takes place in September. During this week, more than 800 events across Germany are initiated aiming at teaching CPR to lay persons and encouraging bystanders to save lives in case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In 2018, the week of resuscitation will be held again from 17.09.-23.09.2018 (www.einlebenretten.de; www.wiederbelebung.de).

One of the most important topics and activities in Germany is school children education in resuscitation – KIDS SAVE LIVES. Since 2013, lay resuscitation rates in Germany increased from less than 20% to 36% in 2016. The goal of the German Resuscitation Council is to reach a lay resuscitation rate of >50% in 2020 in Germany.”

You will find a list with all materials of the German Resuscitation Council on their website.

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Greece

Today's young hero is called NEFELI. She teaches us about the importance of KIDS SAVE LIVES.

Nefeli is only 14 years old and about a month ago, she and her classmates participated in our National School Education Program that aims to train School Students and their Educators in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-KIDS SAVE LIVES [GREECE].

A few days ago, Nefeli and her sister Danae were playing in the swimming pool. Suddenly Nefeli saw her sister drowning and within seconds she decided to act and take matters into her own hands. Immediately after she recognized that her sister was not breathing, she initiated CPR procedures, much to the surprise of the doctor who arrived at the site along with the crew of the ambulance!

The incident took place in Afidnes, Attica, Greece only a month after a team of 10 trainers and the Scientific Program Manager, Mr. Anastasis Stefanakis visited the Anagennisi Schools [Antonopoulou School].

Nefeli, was trained by the volunteers of our program which is approved by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs for schools all over the country, and it is organized and implemented exclusively by our homeland humanitarian organization KIDS SAVE LIVES and the Hellenic Society for Emergency Pre-Hospital Care [scientific program manager Anastasios Stefanakis, scientific responsible Varvara Fyntanidou]. In this year alone, we managed to train over 12,000 students from all over the country, just like Nefeli.

Incidents like this make us proud of our hard work!!!

Little Danae, Nefeli's sister is the seventh[!!!] victim of a cardiac arrest that has returned to life in Greece during the last two years, resuscitated by lay citizens who participated in our educational program. It is the first time for the Greek community that we see these numbers rising.

10-year-old Danae was transferred to the Children's Hospital of Attica and today she is expected to leave the Intensive Care Unit, since she is no longer at risk!!!

Nefeli becomes one of the few children in the world to bring a victim of cardiac arrest to life. Her example is very promising and gives us strength to continue the effort for preparing the young rescuers of tomorrow.

This incident occurred only 2 days after the 6th victim of a cardiac arrest [Saturday 19th of May] was brought back to life by our trainer. This gave our team of about 340 active volunteer trainers many reasons to celebrate!!!

KIDS SAVE LIVES- The name of our Humanitarian organization is being justified every day!!!

Along with the development of the KIDS SAVE LIVES program in the Greek schools, Kids save lives organization and the Hellenic Society for Pre-Hospital Care certified 1,000 pupils [2013-2018] and multiple parents and teachers, in BLS in the past year. In the same year, we developed a defibrillator network [AEDs] and a project called NO NO GO [Is the victim Reacting? No. Breathing normally? No. Then GO!!!] supported by the first National Defibrillator network of the Country [www.kidssavelives.gr] where GPS take you to the nearest available Defibrillator.

NO NO GO project is an attempt to simplify the guidelines to make the resuscitation and early identification of victims of cardiac arrest easy, suitable for children and ordinary citizens. The project is supported by students, parents, educators and the community. With the aim to achieve immediate and quality response in cases of a sudden cardiac arrest, in accordance with the ERC guidelines, new AEDs were placed in schools, villages, churches, and other such public spaces.[NO NO GO scientific responsible, Anastasios Stefanakis.]

Danae we wish you a full recovery! NEFELI YOU ARE OUR HERO!!!

#Share this story. Greece, the last country of Europe to revive victims of cardiac arrest, CHANGES, thanks to a program launched in 2010 by the schools of Halkidiki !!

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Italy

On June 14th, 2012, a declaration from the European Parliament called for an institution of a cardiac arrest awareness week, throughout Europe. The Italian Resuscitation Council (IRC) has answered to this call by organizing a national week of awareness since 2013, the “Viva!” week (Settimana Viva, http://www.ircouncil.it/viva). Viva is an Italian word meaning both “alive” and “long live”.

The Viva! week takes place every year in the mid-October, always including the ERHD - European Restart a Heart Day. Viva! week is mainly directed to the lay population, trough public events, social media, survivor testimonials, training videos, innovative apps and the mass training events (Kids save lives 2016 and Society save lives 2017) in order to increase general awareness. The IRC has launched Kids save lives video and dedicated logo for the world wide ERC Kids save lives campaign.

This year the Viva! week will take place from 15th to 21st October 2018, shortly after the ERC Congress 2018 in Bologna. The main event in Italy will be in Rome inside the Colosseo during Viva! week.

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Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Resuscitation Council has organised many activities on and around World Restart A Heart day. The LRC has organised training sessions for staff members of the Luxembourg Parliament and promoted World Restart a Heart with Mrs. Lydia Mutch, the Luxembourg minister of Health, and Mrs. Cecile Hemmen, the president of the Health Commission in the Parliament.

BLS-P course for personal staff of parliament

Members of LRC with Mrs Cecile Hemmen, president of the Health Commision in the Parliament

LRC secretary Carlo Clarens with Mrs Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Health, and Dr Charles Delagardelle and Dr Christiana Bannu, members of the Luxemburgish Society of Cardiology.

On October 16th, the LRC is organising plenty of activities. Find the schedule below!

Invitation World Restart A Heart Day (in French)

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Malta

The Malta Resuscitation Council aims to  start iBLS and EIPLS, populate the capital city with AEDs donated by the Council and launch education programmes to train laypeople in CPR. It also wishes to include CPR in the National Education Curriculum for 14-year-old children and launch an AED app at a national level.

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The Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are several initiatives to raise awareness on ‘Restart a Heart day’.

On October 13, the OLVG organized an event in the Oosterpark of Amsterdam, including demonstrations and BLS training. Check out this impression: https://www.olvg.nl/impressie-restart-heart-dag-2018

On October 16, a ‘Restart a Heart day’ event was held in Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. There were demonstrations of BLS by bystanders and subsequent ALS by the Ambulance service of Amsterdam, demonstration of the LUCAS, ‘show and tell’ of the hospital crash cart, information on the national civilian responder system, on the spot registration for BLS courses, ‘meet and greet’ with the ALS team, videos of survivors and BLS training using Virtual Reality. Of course, people had the chance to train their BLS skills.

There is a national organization in the Netherlands, consisting of medical students who are trained to become ERC BLS instructors and give BLS training in schools. Nowadays, all cities with a university have a local chapter of this organization. It is called Taskforce QRS, and QRS stands for Qualitative Resuscitation by Students. In this way, medical students are involved in CPR training, learn didactical skills and contribute to community healthcare. At the same time, of course more important, a significant impact is made on CPR skills in the community. Taskforce QRS helped with the BLS instruction on both the event of the OLVG and Amsterdam UMC.
https://taskforceqrs.nl/
https://www.facebook.com/taskforceqrsamsterdam/
https://www.facebook.com/Taskforce.QRS/

Ambulance Amsterdam also provided support with demonstrations on both events.
https://ambulanceamsterdam.nl/watdoenwij/nieuwsarchief/396-world-restart-a-heart-day

On October 16, Medisol organized an event at the central station of Utrecht, teaching BLS to people who are traveling by train. In addition, they offered a free on-the-spot technical checkup of AED’s. Also, their “Saving Lives Foundation” was promoted.
https://savinglivesfoundation.com/

On 10 november, the Erasmus MC organizes a ‘Restart a Heart day’ event: https://www.erasmusmc.nl/restartaheart2018/

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Slovenia

The Slovenian Resuscitation Council will focus its campaign on lay resuscitation workshops. In addition media coverage will talk about new dispatch centres in Slovenia and how a call to 112 (dispatch) can help every citizen to save a live.

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Spain

On the 19th and 20th of October, the 2nd National Congress of the Spanish Resuscitation Council will take place. The first national congress last year had 600 people attending.

On the 21st of October, the third edition of the run "In Madrid you run for life" will be held in Madrid and probably also in Málaga city.

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United Kingdom

The fifth annual Restart a Heart campaign is set to unite organisations across the UK and the world as they join together to train as many people as possible in life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR.)

On and around Tuesday 16 October 2018, events will be hosted in schools, community centres, hospitals and many other locations to train people in essential skills to become the lifesavers of the future. A partnership led by the Resuscitation Council (UK) involving the British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue will once again co-ordinate activity involving every UK Ambulance service as well. And this year, we are also recruiting help from Medical Schools across the UK. These events will aim to train a record-breaking 200,000 people with the skills and confidence to help save a life

The details, including sample information packs for schools and private first aid providers, can be found here.

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