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Training school children in cardiopulmonary resuscitation worldwide is now endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO)Training school children in cardiopulmonary resuscitation worldwide
  • Bernd W. Böttiger
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    Corresponding author at: European Resuscitation Council (ERC), German Resuscitation Council (GRC), Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne, Kerpener Straße 62, D-50937 Köln, Germany.
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    Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
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  • Hugo Van Aken
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    Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University Hospital of Münster, Münster, Germany
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      Billions of Euros, Dollars and other currencies are invested in an attempt to reduce deaths from road traffic crashes, yet there are 20 times more deaths following unsuccessful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Nevertheless, the amount of money that is spent on research, prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac death and CPR is very limited. There is also considerably less money spent on CPR research in comparison with that invested in diseases such as cancer, myocardial infarction, stroke and heart failure. Less than one out of 10 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive in good condition.
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