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‘Three-quarters of Dutch people still know too little about cpr’

‘Three-quarters of Dutch people still know too little about cpr’

The Dutch still do not know very well what they should do if someone is having a cardiac arrest. Nearly three-quarters have little knowledge about cpr, according to research by health insurer CZ and the Red Cross.

The statistics about reanimatiekennis are similar to those of two years ago. According to the Red Cross, it is of great importance that this will change and that people have a reanimation course.

The knowledge about the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), is slightly increased. A total of 80 percent know what an AED is. That was two years ago, 76 percent. Little people (a quarter) know, however, how the device works.

“The low knowledge about cpr is serious. It is of vital importance that the Dutch flock to learn cpr and AED learn to operate”, says Gijs de Vries, director of the Dutch Red Cross. “If within 6 minutes is started with cpr and the AED is used, then it increases the patient’s chances of survival significantly. We call everyone to a reanimation course.”

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