lesson from Denmark: improved bystander CPR

4 Oct

something light for friday, a recent LA Times article on Denmark’s CPR education efforts

some things they did in Denmark:

  • mandatory CPR education in elementary schools,
  • people applying for a driver’s license had to learn CPR
  • free CPR instruction kits were handed out to residents
  • AEDs installed in public places


During that 10-year period (2001-2010)

  • patients who got bystander CPR increased from 21.1% to 44.9%
  • Use of AEDs rose slightly, from 1.1% to 2.2%
  • survival to medical center arrival rose from 7.9% to 21.8%
  • 30-day survival rose from 3.5% to 10.8%. 


This doesn’t mean improved 30-day survival was all due to CPR education (a lot of things happen over 10 years in terms of medical advancement), but its a nice idea.   More people got CPR, more people made it to a medical center, at least.


Education can’t hurt, right?  Plus, it makes for fun PSA videos like these:


or this, if you’re a Brit.


References: LA times article; AHA CPR video; BHF CPR video

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