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A new approach in CPR training: Maastricht Quantity-orientated Resuscitation Session

Background and purpose: In order to improve the survival chances for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims, Taskforce QRS Maastricht (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students), was founded in 2006 by medical students of Maastricht University. In 2012 a new approach in CPR training, called Maastricht Quantity-orientated Resuscitation Session (M-QRS), was developed that focuses on the number of trained students per training. By comparing the new with the old approach we can assess the quantitative growth.

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Extracurricular elective course ‘Resuscitation Medicine’

Introduction: In order to improve the survival chances for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims, Taskforce QRS  Maastricht (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students) was founded in 2006 by medical students of Maastricht University. One of its activities is organizing an extracurricular elective course ‘Resuscitation Medicine’ for first year medical students. The purpose of this course is to increase interest and knowledge of SCA and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to improve resuscitation skills of future doctors.

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Annual CPR-training can provide secondary school students with the essential skills – A three-year cohort study in The Netherlands monitoring the quality of their CPR-skills

Background and purpose: Annual short CPR training sessions in secondary schools can contribute to achieve the goal of more by standard CPR and providing the next generation with knowledge and skills to act in case of a sudden cardiac arrest. This study reports on the students’ skills participating in a three-year cohort study.

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A medical student project to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest in the Southern Netherlands has grown into a successful organization

An initiative was started in 2006 at the Maastricht University Medical Center, Netherlands, by Petra Schuffelen RN and Anton Gorgels MD a cardiologist, to increase resuscitation skills and knowledge in the general population. Together with 10 medical students, the Taskforce QRS, Qualitative Resuscitation by Students, was founded. What started small has grown exponentially in recent years and has become an organization of almost 180 medical students as CPR instructors.

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Opinions of secondary school students about obligatory CPR training in school

Purpose of the study: Guidelines state that to obtain cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills in an entire community, training during the secondary school curriculum is recommended. In some countries CPR-training is already implemented in the school curriculum, while others are still hesitating. An important aspect in this regard is the opinion of secondary school students about this topic.

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Prior to CPR training, courage of secondary school students predominates their self-perceived ability to provide CPR, but results depend on school type

Purpose of the study: To provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) both ability and courage of a bystander are needed. Studies in adults suggest lack of courage to start CPR as a threshold for many bystanders of a circulatory arrest. The study at hand, done in secondary school students, investigated both requirements, as self-perceived, before start of a CPR training.

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Secondary school students tend to overestimate their CPR-skills

Purpose of the study: To increase survival after sudden cardiac arrest more people should be able to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Annual short CPR training sessions in secondary schools can contribute to achieve that goal. This study reports on the students self-perceived skills and the objectively measured values in a test scenario.

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Efforts by medical students joined in Taskforce QRS to increase survival chances in South-Netherlands

Purpose of the study: Survival after sudden cardiac arrest depends on a well-functioning chain of survival. The first link of this chain: ‘Early Access’ indicates the importance of calling the emergency number bringing professional help to the scene. A previous study found that in general EU respondents were unfamiliar with 112 as an EU-wide emergency number, with just over a 26% correctly identifying 112 as the number to call anywhere in the EU in case of an emergency.

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Knowledge of the European Emergency Number in secondary schools for different grades and education level groups

Purpose of the study: Survival after sudden cardiac arrest depends on a well-functioning chain of survival. The first link of this chain: ‘Early Access’ indicates the importance of calling the emergency number bringing professional help to the scene. A previous study found that in general EU respondents were unfamiliar with 112 as an EU-wide emergency number, with just over a 26% correctly identifying 112 as the number to call anywhere in the EU in case of an emergency.

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