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Kids Save Lives – ERC position statement on school children education in CPR.

“Hands that help – Training children is training for life”
      Sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with unsuccessful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the third leading cause of death in industrialised nations.
      • Taniguchi D.
      • Baernstein A.
      • Nichol G.
      Cardiac arrest: a public health perspective.
      After OHCA, the overall survival rates are 2–10%.
      • Böttiger B.W.
      • Grabner C.
      • Bauer H.
      • et al.
      Long term outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with physician staffed emergency medical services: the Utstein style applied to a midsized urban/suburban area.
      • Monsieurs K.G.
      • Nolan J.P.
      • Bossaert L.L.
      • et al.
      ERC Guidelines 2015 Writing Group
      European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015: Section 1. Executive summary.
      • Nolan J.P.
      • Hazinski M.F.
      • Aickin R.
      • et al.
      Part 1: Executive summary: 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations.
      In Europe and in the US together, 700,000 people die of OHCA every year. The same applies to other industrialised regions of the world. Many of these lives could be saved if more lay people provided immediate CPR.
      • Böttiger B.W.
      • Grabner C.
      • Bauer H.
      • et al.
      Long term outcome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with physician staffed emergency medical services: the Utstein style applied to a midsized urban/suburban area.
      Emergency medical services (EMS) response times can be several (6–12) minutes or even longer. Unfortunately, following cardiac arrest, the brain starts to die after only 3–5 min without blood flow.
      • Breckwoldt J.
      • Schloesser S.
      • Arntz H.R.
      Perceptions of collapse and assessment of cardiac arrest by bystanders of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA).
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