The survival rates after a cardiac arrest in Belgium is currently lower than 10%. In other European countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the UK, the survival rate after a cardiac arrest are much higher, up to 40%. Scientific literature shows that 2 things prove important to make the survival figures go up. Recognising a heart attack and rapid response to ensure survival are crucial. In addition, it is essential to get trained people to the victim as soon as possible and to be able to send professional emergency services.
To provide first aid on the spot, you can work with civilian first-aid helpers, also called medical first responders. It is often physicians or healthcare workers that volunteer to be available outside office hours, but also people with a special training can be part of the medical first responders. A notification system will check who is available near the victim to provide vital emergency care.