Assignment resuscitation by volunteer HeartsafeLiving to the ambulance care


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.


In an alert for resuscitation for volunteers of HeartsafeLiving there is always sent an ambulance. Usually even two. In some regions, also the police, fire department and a GP vehicle. The aim is to start within six minutes CPR. Sometimes this entails that there is little time to introduce to each other, nor even to tell calmly what just has happend and how to proceed.

Ambulance care

At the time the ambulance gets the report, the ambulance team prepares for deployment where meanwhile volunteers of HeartsafeLiving are on the way. The ambulance team has a few important questions that they want to see answered immediately on the road or on the spot. For Example:

  • What is going on?
  • Is it safe?
  • What is the cause?
  • Is it a man or a woman?
  • What age?
  • What is the history (health)?
  • Where is it exactly?
  • Can there be a non-resuscitation statement?
  • Is there any family there?
  • Is there already resuscitated when we come?
  • Is there an AED?
  • Are there already administered shocks? And if so, how often?
  • Does the victim already show reactions during CPR? And if so, which?

Rescue breathing

The paramedics want at breakneck speed to have this clear while both ambulance professionals connect the patient to their medical equipment. To begin, the patient receives a tube in the airway so that the rescue breathing can take place via the ventilation bag or a respirator. This is quite a difficult and drastic action that is normally performed by doctors in a hospital, but on site by the ambulance nurse.

Heart rhythm

Also, there a variety of sensors are placed on the victim which measures and interprets the heart rate, oxygen saturation in the blood, the exhaled CO2 and a possible blood pressure. Furthermore, there are applied IVs. About the same time the paramedics determine which specific rhythm the victim has.


Therof the right medicines are prepared. This may be different medicines. In most regions there is also used a chest compression machine. It is a device that makes the chest compressions, a kind of robot. There is no room for error in these processes, everything needs to happen at very high speed and with a high concentration. It constitutes a lifetime.


This makes it difficult for paramedics to also pay attention to the fantastic efforts of the HeartsafeLiving volunteers alongside these acts. Sometimes the ambulance team doesn’t even know that volunteers are present. Everyone runs in plain clothes, so if someone is a volunteer or family member, often remains unclear. The best way for you as volunteer at HeartsafeLiving is to state that you are from HeartsafeLiving and ask if you can still mean something. Some ambulance teams like it if you can help, in other cases this is not necessary.


While this sometimes maybe doesn’t feel when you are taken over, with your help you were fantastic. There is not always time and rest to express this at the spot, but remember that your contribution was particularly valuable in the time between the occurrence of the incident and the take over of the ambulance team. And that is what you do it for!