THE HAGUE - Dutch people still do not know what to do if someone gets a cardiac arrest. Almost three quarters have too little knowledge about resuscitation. That was the case two years ago. According to the Red Cross, it is very important that this change occurs and that people will follow a resuscitation course.
The knowledge about using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) has increased slightly. A total of 80 percent know what an AED is. That was 76 percent two years ago. However, few people (a quarter) know how the device works.
'The low knowledge about resuscitation is serious. It is vital that the Dutch teaches massive learning and teach the AED, 'said Gijs de Vries, director of the Dutch Red Cross.' If resuscitation is started within 6 minutes and the AED is used, the survival rate of A victim significantly. We therefore call on everyone to do a resuscitation course. '