Danish Town Saves Lives

A small rural community in Denmark has showed how learning CPR can really save lives.The Danish island of Bornholm, which recently engaged in community wide CPR training, has witnessed impressive life saving results.

Tragically, in between the years 2001 and 2003 in Bornholm, not one casulty who suffered a cardiac arrest survived. The residents of Bornholm decided this statistic had to be fixed. They took it upon themselves to train up as a community and learn CPR. They recognised how important CPR was to the chain of survival.

Over a two year period, over 30 percent of the community engaged in some form of CPR and Basic Life Support training. The community of Bornholm also purchased a large number of life saving Automated External Defibrillators.

The results speak for themselves. Since receiving training, bystanders are now more likely to go to the aid of someone who requires CPR. The rate of bystander CPR in the community increased dramatically from 22% to 74%. The results also showed that since the community received training, cardiac arrest patients now have a much greater chance of survival. Bornholm’s story highlight how important CPR training is for the wider community.  Link

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