The Netherlands are globally recognized for being front runners when it comes to the fight against sudden cardiac arrest. Since 2007, numerous initiatives have been initiated and with spectacular results. Thanks to extensive, large-scale, scientific research by Ruud Pijls, PhD, we are now finally able to define, quantify and understand these initiatives and their impact on sudden cardiac arrest. We learned about important demographic characteristics, like average age and gender. But also where sudden cardiac arrest is most likely to occur and key-succes factors in survival rates. These valuable and evident insights provide us with substantiated guidance that allows us to make AEDs as effective as possible. We like to sincerely thank Ruud and also Hartstichting for their research which we have summarized in a special infographic.
Via the link you can download Ruud's thesis in full: https://lnkd.in/diBZrWK
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Recharging and fuelling: a heart-safe experience
Shell is committed to making their gas stations heart-safe. Many travelers will soon benefit from a heart-safe environment during their stop for fuel or coffee break at one of Shell’s gas stations in the BeNeLux. With the increase of popularity of electric cars and therefore increase of charging stations, people are spending more time on gas station premises. This increases chances of sudden cardiac arrest happening at these gas stations. Together with Shell and QRS Healthcare, we have initiated a project to increase survival chances at Shell’s locations. QRS has already rolled out the first of many installations, where Mindray AEDs will pair up with our Rotaid cabinet for safe outdoor storage. Our Rotaid cabinets will ensure recognisability and 24/7 accessibility of these life-saving AEDs at Shell locations. All AEDs, that are going to be placed in the Netherlands, will be included in the national responder system HartslagNu. This way, the AEDs can be located by dispatchers from the alarm centre and be used by responders in case of cardiac arrest. More and more grey spots will disappear because of this project. We are very proud to be part of this great initiative that will greatly contribute to the AED-density of the BeNeLux.