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From heart specialists – cardiologists – to other professionals, they all strongly support neighborly assistance. The help of volunteers for resuscitation is essential for realizing a 6 minute zone throughout the Netherlands. Paramedics, the director of the Dutch Heart Foundation and cardiologists, all see the importance of citizens as first responders to a cardiac arrest.

‘The more people sign up as volunteer, the better’

When the right help is always given within the first 6 minutes of a cardiac arrest, many more people can survive cardiac arrest. Neighborly assistance is essential. “The more people sign up as volunteer, the better,” says director Floris Italianer of the Dutch Heart Foundation. The Dutch Heart Foundation is commited to recruiting neighborly assistants. For instance, the Heart Foundation draw attention for the importance of neighborly assistance and a good alert system.

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‘Qualitatively it is quite far, now is the time to improve the quantity’

In case of an alert via HeartsafeLiving about ten to thirty volunteers are alerted and one or two AEDs come to the incident. “That is not enough,” says CPR pioneer and cardiologist at the Academic Medical Center Ruud Koster. “To really add something to the system, you should have availabe three to four AEDs per square kilometer. Qualitatively, it is quite far, now is the time to improve the quantity.”

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No time for a chat for a life must be saved

Imagine, you as volunteer at HeartsafeLiving resuscitate a person in need. Alone or together with others. Then – if all is well quickly – come professionals to the incident. They take over your work. This usually happens very quickly and can happen quite impersonal, because there is a lot of hurry. After all, at that time people to try to save a person’s life.

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