The Dutch Heart Association (Hartstichting) announced today it reached its goal of 170.000 registered lay responders. These 170.000 represent 1% of the Dutch population and make the Netherlands the first country in the world with such a large national network of responders. Next to the repsonders, the association also encouraged AED owners in making their device accessible 24 hours a day, resulting in over 1400 new Public Access Defibrillators. Rotaid is very proud to be part of this great project and achievement. Together with the Dutch Heart Association we remain committed to further enlarge the amount of lay responders and accessible defibrillators in the Netherlands. Read the full dutch article from Hartstichting:hartstichting.nl/nieuws/mijlpaal-170-000-burgerhulpverleners-in-nederland
Belgium wants to encourage the purchase of an AED. The government is taking an important step by reducing the VAT from 21 to 6 percent and no longer determines a defibrillator as a luxury product! Belgium now counts 10,000 AEDs compared to the 100,000 from neighbour the Netherlands, which also uses a 6 percent tax rate.
The medical staff of the first team of Roda JC recently added a mobile AED to their equipment. A number of terrible incidents with footballers with heart failure have raised awareness to the staff and players. The presence of an defibrillator can mean the difference between life an death in a cardiac arrest. Therefore last month all players and staff have been trained as a Lay responder. The new AED and the CPR training was offered by Rotaid partner Hartveilig. Campaign 'Reanimeren met Roda JC'Together with Hartveilig, Medtronic, Burgerhulpverlening Limburg and the municipality of Heerlen, Roda JC started the campagne 'Reanimeren met Roda JC'. On March 22nd the campaign kicked off in the Parkstad Limburg Stadium with a private CPR-session. A total of 61 participants, among others Roda JC selection players, municipality management, supporters and sponsors attended the event. Thanks to the event, a total of 213 new lay responders have been trained within six weeks. The successful campaign will take place again in 2018. On the 29th of September 2017, Roda JC will participate to the CPR relay (day) with its youth team. Former Roda JC player and ambassador of the CPR relay Roel Brouwers emphasizes the importance of CPR: "For every minute CPR is started (before the ambulance arrives), the probability of survival increases by 10%. It is a serious cause that has to be brought to everyone's attention, since 300 people are affected by a cardiac arrest every week in the Netherlands”.
We are very happy to see dutch business owner Merin and Reanimatie Netwerk Amersfoort realize their first public AED in office district De Hoef. Their first company-AED is located on RAET managed property. In this way Merin responded to the call made by chairman Henk Pijper of the Reanimatie Netwerk Amersfoort earlier this year to make AED's available to the surroundings on a 24/7 basis. Henk Pijper is very grateful that Merin contributes to a heart-safe environment and hopes many other companies and institutions will follow this good example.
Group Bruno has installed life saving defibrillators at all its 18 service stations in Belgium. The defibrillators are available 24/7 and equipped with our Solid Plus Heat Led outdoor cabinet. Next to the installation of the equipment, Group Bruno also trained its stations' staff to ensure that the thousands of customers that visit them on an daily base, are safe. The project was initiated by our Belgian distributor AED-Partner.
The Dutch Heart Association (Hartstichting) has started with its distribution of 1400 outdoor AED cabinets to sports facilities, libraries, theaters, health centers and other high traffic locations in the Netherlands. On April 20th, the first of these cabinets was revealed at sportsclub VELO in Wateringen and the remaining cabinets are to be all installed by year’s end. The project is financed by Dutch lottery organisation VriendenLoterij. Although 100,000 AED’s are present in the Netherlands, only a small part is available 24 hours a day and registered in first responder networks. With this initiative a large number of AED’s will be made available for first and lay responders, dramatically increasing the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest that affects 16,000 Dutch people per year. Rotaid AED Cabinets has designed a custom made red Solid Plus Heat LED outdoor cabinet and backboard for this project. We are extremely proud and humble to be part of this great project and have started with the distribution of cabinets to organisations all over the Netherlands.
Very proud to have provided Defibshop with our custom made totem during the Johan Cruyff Golf Memorial which they supported as main sponsor. The Physio-Control, now part of Stryker CR2 defibrillator looked after all guests, players and staff during the event. The Defibshop management and Pep Guardiola had the honour of playing 18 holes together and by doing so, raised funds for the Johan Cruyff Foundation. Gracias a todos!Read the original story here.
Thanks to all our partners at #Rettmobil2017 for 3 great days. New plans are made, new projects are planned and for all, Germany is becoming more heart safe by the day. Bis nächstes Jahr und herzlichen Dank Physio-Control, now part of Stryker für die Gastfreundschaft!
Belgian Football Club KV Mechelen and Heartsaver vzw partnered to install multiple public access defibrillators in the AFAS Stadium. With the installation of 7 devices, the stadium is now well equipped to deal with a sudden cardiac arrest. Also the training ground has been equipped with a device. All defibrillators are safely stored in our outdoor heated cabinets. The cabinets have a special red livery and have been fitted with custom made backboards. Thanks to this customization, the AED’s stand out, but also blend in perfectly with the characteristic red and yellow colors of KV Mechelen. Our Belgian partner Heartsaver vzw provided the units and will continue to work closely with KV Mechelen in the near future. ”Every year in Belgium 11,000 people are affected by a sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital. Currently less than ten percent survives, “says Luc Ketele, Heartsaver’s CEO. “If you can start CPR with an AED device within five minutes, we can increase survival rates to 70 percent.” We are very proud to have our cabinets installed at one of Belgium’s most iconic football clubs. We also had great pleasure in tailoring our products to the club’s color scheme and are very proud of the results. We like to wish all fans, players, guests and visitors a good match and visit to the AFAS Stadium.
We are very proud to announce that, in close cooperation with our partner Røde Kors Førstehjelp,all of REMA 1000 585 supermarkets in Norway have been equipped with life saving Heartsine defibrillators. With this installation and the training of its staff, REMA ensures that all its stores are prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest. The AED’s are securely stored in our Swift Indoor cabinets making sure staff and customers have quick and easy access to the life saving equipment. We like to thank all involved for this great achievement and wish customers from Tromsø to Oslo heartsafe shopping! See the special video
Another idyllic place, Kirkjubøur, the oldest village on the Faeröer, has life saving defibrillators in place. This one is located near the ancient and abandoned Murir cathedral and the local church, which dates to the year 1111! The farm in the background was build 900 years ago and is still owned by the same family (17th generation). About the AEDWhat another great place and our heated outdoor cabinet protects the CardiAid AED for the wet, cold and windy conditions on the islands. Hence, no matter what place or climate, Rotaid makes sure you can have life saving defibrillators available at all times.
We designed our outdoor cabinets to make AED’s available to the public in all possible places and environments. Thousands have already been installed in a variety of venues and countries, but just recently, an installation in the upper north of Norway caught our attention. Extraordinary locationIn the upper tip of Norway lies Altevatn, approximately 1750 kilometres north of Oslo. Every year tourists come to enjoy the beautiful and untouched nature. Situated on a crystal clear lake and surrounded by mountains, the view and experience are truly spectacular. Often, the area can only be reached by dog sled because of the heavy snowfall. A number of wooden cabins are the only sign of civilization and are booked by hikers, fishermen and northern light enthusiasts. Because of its remote location, the Bardu Red Cross installed a defibrillator on one of the cabins. With the additional danger of an avalanche, the defibrillator is a necessary piece of medical equipment for the area. Since any lay can use it, it can deploy a shock much quicker than medical professionals, that need more time to reach the area. Green northern lightSince a lot of the day is experienced in the dark, the LED’s in our outdoor cabinet make the AED visible at all time. So, when nature offers you a northern light show in the sky, or not, we are proud of our round, green northern light that watches over you. At all times. Discover more about the work of Bardu Red Cross on Facebook.
Our partner RCP Planet succeeded again in making a landmark in Pisa a heart safe place. The museum Palazzo Blu is equipped with a HeartSine AED and a Rotaid AED cabinet. This is established in cooperation with Maurizio Cecchini of the foundation Cecchini Cuore.About the museumThe Palazzo Blu is organising exhibitions and shows art collections to make them available to the public in Pisa’s heart. It is a historical landmark in Pisa and the only blue building in town.It has been restored and it now hosts art shows from very famous painters (for example Kandinsky, Modigliani, Tolouse Lautrec, Chagal and Mirò). Since the start of art shows in 2008, Palazzo Blu already welcomed more than 500,000 visitors.If you are interested in reading the whole story about the museum and art shows, please visit the website of Palazzo Blu: Palazzoblu.itMore information about the foundation Cecchini Cuore go to Cecchinicuore.org. Our partner RCP Planet can be found here: RCP-planet.com
Another Polish football stadium becomes a heart safe place! 2 Life saving Philips defibrillators are installed at the Stadium Wroc?aw by our partner Max Harter! Stadium Wroc?aw officially joined the Polish action Active For Heart! It is enriched by two high-end Philips defibrillators #AED. The defibrillators are installed in a Rotaid AED cabinet. About the stadium WroclawThe Municipal Stadium in Wroc?aw is the highest fourth category football stadium built for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Poland. It is the home stadium of the ?l?sk Wroc?aw football team playing in the Polish T-Mobile Ekstraklasa. More Stadiums in PolandThis is not the first stadium in Poland equipped with life-saving equipment by working with UPS Foundation and the Fundacja Volunteers for Sport. Also Ergo Arena and Stadion Energa Gda?sk are heart safe places to visit.
We are very proud to have provided the first Community HeartBeat Trust shockbox to the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. The service aims to equip all its fire stations with life saving ?defibrillators? by 2017 with support from the local community. Our Solid Plus Heat outdoor cabinet comes in a distinctive yellow livery and is combined with a custom made backboard. More installations are planned over the next months and we thank all involved for their trust. Go to the website of Community HeartBeat Trust to find out more about their projects and see our unlocked AED cabinet as an alternative for the locked AED cabinets on the market today. The Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service are creating safer communities.
On April 19th the first public accessible AED was installed at Geraardsbergen’s high school De Kaai. With this installation, the school’s students, teachers and employees can enjoy a safe place to learn and work. By offering the AED to the surrounding city center as well, the school makes sure local residents and visitors can also benefit from the AED’s presence. Nico Coster, director of Koninklijk Atheneum in Geraardsbergen, noticed the absence of life saving defibrillators in the city and plans to further extend the network with 9 AED’s in close cooperation with the other schools in the city. For more information: Nieuwsblad.be
A Physio-Control AED and heated outdoor cabinet were recently installed at the HQ of Definetz in Gut Drechen, Germany. This non-profit organization has committed itself to the increase in survival of sudden cardiac arrest, that kills over 100,000 Germans each year. Definetz increases public awareness, develops guidelines and is ‘mapping’ all German defibrillators. Their AED is now 24/7/365 available and we are a proud supporter of this organization! www.definetz.de
All SPAR supermarkets in Denmark are currently being fitted with life saving AED’s, available to its community 24 / 7 / 365. The AED’s are prominently placed in our outdoor heated cabinets and make sure the local community has life saving equipment just around the corner. The local SPAR staff is trained in CPR and use of these devices to ensure the safety of the customer. A great initiative, beneficial to all Danish people. Congratulations to all! See original Danish story here.