HeartsafeLiving volunteer Luc Bakker from Putten is regurly asked how he continues after a CPR. “Talking helps guaranteed,” says Luc.
“First of all you can’t leave without feeling it does something to you. Of course you think about it after it, it doesn’t let you cold. I mean, the panic that you see in a hoem sometimes, the sadness. We can think of it ourself. At the moment I get the alert for resuscitation, I get an adrenaline rush. My environment is at that moment not important anymore. Literally every second counts, and you realize that very well.”
“All I was doing, I leave aside immediately. The cart is stationary in the aisle of the cocktail nuts, dinner comes later, the work is important, but even that I leave aside. As a volunteer at HeartsafeLiving – responder and AED operator – I got a number of calls last year. Some were successful, others not unfortunately.”
“Imagine, you get an alert, you go to the location immediately, you work together with other volunteers of HeartsafeLiving, you resuscitate and together with the ambulance service and police you fight for someone’s life. At the moment there’s heartbeat again and the patient is being transported, you know that you saved a person’s life.”
“You leave the place relieved, but still you keep wondering what the condition is of the victim. Is he or she still alive? Usually, after a CPR I sit down and talk to someone about it, about what I have seen, what I have done, what I have experienced and if I feel peace with it. Talking is important, and I do it for sure,” says Luc. “On the other hand, your surroundings want to know more than you want to tell. I draw a line of privacy for the victim, a line where my area can not come over. In this way I can handle it properly.”
“I would like to say to people who want to en can: sign up as a volunteer at HeartsafeLiving. The more volunteers, the more lives can be saved.”