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Highlights from the 2017 European EMS Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

Medical students worked for a year to make all of the Danish citizens aware of the need to perform CPR as soon as possible after a cardiac arrest.  Denmark has one of the world’s most responsive citizen response to cardiac arrest.

This year an “army” of 658 volunteers who designed a program to have people all over Denmark perform near perfect CPR for 30 seconds. Named “TryFoden World Record for Life,” the massive endeavor was designed to occur over a 12-hour time period during the European EMS Conference in Copenhagen. Laerdal was an active, outstanding partner in this effort.

Coordinated and tabulated countrywide yesterday, the program exceeded their goal and had 5,770 people perform their 30 second CPR segment – a world’s record.

Additional highlights from Tuesday’s sessions:

  • Dr. Michael Sayre followed with an inspiring program on high performance CPR and the role of the Global Resuscitation Alliance in spreading best practices in resuscitation around the world.  In the past year, the Global Resuscitation Alliance has conducted 27 Resuscitation Academy programs throughout the world.
  • A “Heartrunner” program will begin soon in Copenhagen with a goal of having AED-equipped responders (mostly citizens) alerted by an app.
  • London’s GoodSam app was touted as the world’s most advanced citizen alerting system.
  • Several key programs in Asia were discussed along with an advanced registry and radomized trials underway in Australia.
  • The CARES program, work by the Seattle Resuscitation Academy and Take Heart America efforts were also mentioned.
  • Dr. Marcus Ong reported on resuscitation efforts that are underway in Asia. Much of it will be covered at the 2018 Asian EMS Conference that will be held in the Phillipines. JEMS will cover this conference extensively as the Asian EMS Conference’s Exclusive North American media partner.
  • A System Assessment Tool is being rolled out by the Resuscitation Academy that will help EMS systems assess and improve their programs.
  • A session on the importance of situational awareness and decision making training and practices detailed four important decision making levels, algorithms, apps and processed to enable prehospital and hospital staff stay on task, perform in the proper sequence and achieve maximal results in crisis stipulations.  The session highlighted the important role that simulation plays in critical thinking and tjat situational awareness plays in the educational process.  JEMS and EMS Today will be offering a full-day simulation workshop on Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018 in Charlotte at MEDIC EMS’ new $60 million headquarters which will feature two sound stages and multiple rooms to teach attendees best practices in simulation. It will be presented by simulation experts from MEDIC, Laerdal, and the JEMS Simulation Column/section.  Go to to register early for this and many other innovative pre-conference workshops.

JEMS will continuously report on the very important efforts of the Global Resuscitation Academy, the European EMS Conference and each country’s enhancements and efforts.