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Long live! – Rapid intervention in cases of sudden cardiac arrest

According to the guidelines for resuscitation of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) in 2010, 100,000 lives can be annually saved from 500 000 sudden cardiac arrest (IZS), if everyone - both lay and professional workers - would care and contribute. In Croatia, unexpected cardiac arrest takes away the life of about 6,000 people a year, or 20 per day, and the same cause occurs to one person each day in the city of Split, or more than 300 people a year. Rapid intervention program for sudden cardiac arrest aims to set up defibrillators on dozens of checkpoints across the city with a high fluctuation of people and, through education program for firefighters, nurses, police officers and volunteers for their use, reduce the number of people who die from sudden cardiac arrest.

With the training of about 500 nurses and 30 young doctors, and the procurement and distribution of 13 AED's, the preconditions for successful resuscitation in Split hospital were created. Number of 100 firefighters was trained to apply AED defibrillator. About fifty locations in the city where there is a need for setting up a defibrillator were selected and 50 citizen volunteers trained for their use. Healthy City is a partner of a research project approved by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.

The project has been advocated at all levels and, through media, the public was sensitized to the problem of sudden cardiac arrest, which contributed to creation of conditions for the implementation of the project dealing with the outpatient aspect of unexpected heart failure.

Information leaflets were distributed to all elementary schools in Split, as well as to some high schools. High school students were trained to participate in the project and thus helped with promotion.Leaflets and posters were printed, guest appearances on local radio and TV stations were organized, all with the aim of familiarizing citizens with the project.

As a result, about 200 people signed up to volunteer in the education of lay resuscitation. In this way base of volunteers was created for future action. A critical mass is gradually created which will ultimately result in the adoption of legislation regulating who, when, how and with what equipment can, should or must revive and / or defibrillate.

Thanks to the previous one, we are involved in a new national project of resuscitation coordinated by the Ministry of Health and the National Institute for Emergency Medical Services.

Project leader is professor PhD Drago Rakic, cardiologist, while most physicians and other staff of Emergnecy Medical Services of Split-Dalmatia County and of the Department of Cardiology, in Clinical Hospital Center in Split, contribute to this project as associates and volunteers.


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