The European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on the 16th of October every year. In 2018, the very first global edition will take place. With this campaign European Resuscitation Council wants to create awareness that everyone can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and facilitate basic life support courses in schools and public locations.
In most of the cases, it takes too long for the emergency services to arrive on scene after the victim's collapse. Thus, the most effective way to increase survival and favourable outcome in cardiac arrest by two- to four fold is early CPR by lay bystanders and by “first responders”. Lay bystander resuscitation rates, however, differ significantly across the world, ranging from 5 to 80%. If all countries could have high lay bystander resuscitation rates, this would help to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
All citizens of the world can save a life. With these words, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation this year
launched the first global initiative – World Restart a Heart – to increase public awareness and therefore the rates of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation for victims of cardiac arrest.
On 16 October 2018, the Earth will be celebrating the first ever World Restart a Heart initiative with events all around the world taking place on or around that date hoping this initiative to be as inclusive as possible, and that it should happen every year on 16 October or as close to that day as possible.
In order to achieve this goal, besides schoolchildren education in cardiopulmonary resuscitation named "Kids Save Lives", many other initiatives have already been developed in different parts of the world. Besides recommending cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for children and adults, it is hoped that a unified global message will enable our policy makers to take action to address the inequalities in patient survival around the world
Slovak Resuscitation Council