Bernd W. Böttiger , MD, ML, DEAA; Andrew Lockey, MB, ChB, MMedEd; Richard Aickin , MbChB; Maria Carmona , MD, PhD; Pascal Cassan, MD; Maaret Castrén, MD, PhD; SSC Chakra Rao, MD; Allan De Caen, MD; Raffo Escalante, MD; Marios Georgiou, PhD; Amber Hoover, RN, MSN; Karl B. Kern , MD; Abdul Majeed S. Khan , SBIM; Cianna Levi, BSc; Swee H. Lim, MBBS; Vinay Nadkarni, MD; Naomi V. Nakagawa , PT, PhD; Kevin Nation, NZRN; Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD; Jerry P. Nolan, MB, ChB; Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, MD; Jacopo Pagani, MD; Monica Sales, BA; Federico Semeraro, MD; David Stanton, CCA; Cristina Toporas, BSc; Heleen van Grootven, MA; Tzong-Luen Wang, MD, PhD, JM; Nilmini Wijesuriya, MD; Gillian Wong, MPH; Gavin D. Perkins, MB ChB, MD
ABSTRACT: Sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in industrialized nations. Many of these lives could be saved if bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation rates were better. “All citizens of the world can save a life—CHECK—CALL—COMPRESS.” With these words, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation launched the 2019 global “World Restart a Heart” initiative to increase public awareness and improve the rates of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation and overall survival for millions of victims of cardiac arrest globally. All participating organizations were asked to train and to report the numbers of people trained and reached. Overall, social media impact and awareness reached up to 206 million people, and >5.4 million people were trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation worldwide in 2019. Tool kits and information packs were circulated to 194 countries worldwide. Our simple and unified global message, “CHECK—CALL— COMPRESS,” will save hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide and will further enable many policy makers around the world to take immediate and sustainable action in this most important healthcare issue and initiative.
All citizens of the world can save a life —CHECK—CALL—COMPRESS.” With these words, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation launched the 2019 global “World Restart a Heart (WRAH)” initiative to increase public awareness and improve the rates of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and overall survival for millions of victims of cardiac arrest globally.1,2 Sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in industrialized nations.3 Many of these lives could be saved if bystander CPR rates were improved.4–8 In the absence of CPR, the chances of survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are reduced by 10% every minute, as opposed to a reduction of only 2% to 3% per minute with CPR. As the response times for emergency medical services can sometimes exceed 10 minutes, this demonstrates the importance of swift bystander action.4–8 The importance of this is further highlighted by the fact that up to 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are witnessed by family members, friends, and other bystanders. Thus, the potentially lethal gap in time before emergency medical services personnel reach the patient can be successfully bridged in most cases by laypeople.4–9 Effective CPR is easy to learn, and laypeople are unlikely to cause harm by attempting it. Bystander CPR increases the patient’s chances of survival by 3-fold,4,5,7 meaning that it is a simple solution to improve survival and good neurological outcome following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Despite this, bystander CPR rates are <20% in many countries.6,8
The European Restart a Heart initiative was first established by the European Resuscitation Council on October 16, 2013, and occurs on an annual basis. In 2018, the International Liaison Committee on resuscitation expanded the concept to its global network of resuscitation councils and renamed it “World Restart a Heart” (http://www.ilcor.org/wrah).1,2 The goal for WRAH is to achieve lay bystander resuscitation rates of at least 50% in every country, and this would hopefully result in hundreds of thousands of lives being saved every year worldwide.1,2 In 2019, all 7 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation member organizations (American Heart Association, European Resuscitation Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation, Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa, InterAmerican Heart Foundation, and Resuscitation Council of Asia) participated in WRAH. They were joined by Resuscitation Councils representing India and Sri Lanka and the Arabic Resuscitation Councils. In addition, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, and the European Society of Anaesthesiology actively participated in WRAH 2019. Tool kits and information packs were circulated to 194 countries worldwide. The detailed numbers of lay people trained in CPR for WRAH 2019 are presented in the Table. Overall, social media messaging impacted on as many as 206 million people. When measuring the impact of Twitter, "reach" is the total number of people who see the content and "impressions" are the number of times the content is displayed. The cumulative number on Twitter of the official #WorldRestartaHeart Twitter hashtag and its variants (#restartaheart and #restartaheartday) was 168.6 million, measured using Keyhole (https://keyho le.co/about -us/). However, some users may have used multiple hashtags within one tweet. The remainder of the social media impact total comprised the reach on other social media platforms (eg, Facebook and Instagram). In addition, >5.4 million people were trained in CPR worldwide in 2019. Initiatives ranged from national awareness campaigns and mass training events to specific national strategies to deliver training to schoolchildren. The training events were not limited to a single day, although October 16, 2019, was used to celebrate and publicize the event. A description of the events that took place in each region and country can be found at https://ilcor.org/wrah/wrah-2019. We hope that our simple and unified global message, “CHECK—CALL—COMPRESS,”1,2,6,7 will further enable many policy makers around the world to take immediate and sustainable action in this most important healthcare issue and initiative. This has been achieved in many countries by the mandatory inclusion of CPR training on a school curriculum,10 but any initiative that broadens the availability of CPR training is welcomed. WRAH 2020 will be another great opportunity to build on the success of WRAH 2019: “All citizens of the world can save a life—All that is needed is two hands.”
From the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne, Germany (B.W.B.); Emergency Department, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, United Kingdom (A.L.); Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation, Melbourne, Australia (R.A.); Disciplina de Anestesiologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (M.C.); Global First Aid Reference Centre, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Paris, France (P.C.); Department of Emergency Medicine and Services, Helsinki University Hospital and Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland (M.C.); Chairman of the Indian Resuscitation Council, Kakinada, India (S.C.R.); Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, Canada (A.D.C.); Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (A.D.C.); Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas–Centro de Simulación Clínica, Chair InterAmerican Heart Foundation/Emergency Cardiovascular Care, Lima, Peru (R.E.); American Medical Center, Nicosia, Cyprus (M.G.); ECC Science, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX (A.H.); Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (K.B.K.); Clinical Associate Professor Internal Medicine, Chairman of the National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee, Saudi Heart Association, Umm Alqura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (A.M.K.); American Heart Association, Dallas, TX (C.L., M.S.); Department of Emergency Medicine and Education, Singapore General Hospital, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, National University of Singapore, Singapore (S.H.L.); Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pediatrics University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA (V.N.); Department of Physical Therapy, Communication Science and Speech and Occupational Therapy, University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil (N.V.N.); New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Wellington, New Zealand (K.N.); Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI (R.W.N.); Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom (J.P.N.); Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital, Bath, United Kingdom (J.P.N.); World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, London, United Kingdom (J.M.-O.); Chairman of the National Health & Care Committee, Italian Red Cross, Rome, Italy (J.P.); Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency medical services, Maggiore Hospital, Bologna, Italy (F.S.); Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa, Clinical Leadership, Netcare 911, Johannesburg, South Africa (D.S.); Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada (C.T.); European Resuscitation Council and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, Niel, Belgium (H.v.G.); Resuscitation Council of Asia, National Resuscitation Council of Taiwan, Chang Bing Show Chwang Memorial Hospital, Lukang Township, Taiwan (T.-L.W.); Medical and Law School, Fu-Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan (T.-L.W.); Department of Anaesthesiology College of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists of Sri Lanka, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka (N.W.); Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (G.W.); and Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and University Hospitals Birmingham National Health Service Foundation Trust, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom (G.D.P.).
Cordially, we thank all friends, colleagues, ministers, politicians, teachers, women, men, children, organizations, medical societies, and business entities who have supported and will support the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) “World Restart a Heart (WRAH)” initiative and other corresponding activities and initiatives all over the world and in space. Author contributions: All authors contributed to the study design, data collection, and data interpretation and writing, and all authors saw and cleared the final manuscript. All authors played a leading role in their countries and/or regions on all activities concerning ILCOR WRAH
Sources of Funding
Drs Böttiger and Perkins are supported by the European Resuscitation Council Research Network. No international funding source is declared. National initiatives may have been supported by local funding to deliver training.
Dr Böttiger is European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Treasurer and was ERC Board Director Science and Research until 2020; Chairman, German Resuscitation Council (GRC); Founder, German Resuscitation Foundation; Associated Editor, European Journal of Anaesthesiology; Speakers Honorarium from FoMF, Zoll, and Bard; Chairman, GRC; Board Member, German Society of Interdisciplinary Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine; Associated Editor, Resuscitation. Dr Carmona is in charge of the project Kids Save Lives Brazil. Dr Castrén is the Honorary Secretary of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Dr Hoover is employed by the American Heart Association. Dr Kern is the immediate past Chair of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. Dr Khan is Chairman of the National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he is in charge of the project Makkah Almukarramah Heart Safe City. Dr Levi is employed by the American Heart Association. Dr Lim is Treasurer of the Resuscitation Council of Asia and Chairman of the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council. Dr Lockey is Vice President of the Resuscitation Council (United Kingdom). Dr Nakagawa is in charge of the project Kids Save Lives Brazil. Dr Nation is employed as Chief Executive by the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. Dr Neumar is ILCOR Co-Chair and has received National Institutes of Health research funding (R34 HL130738, R44 HL091606, K12 HL133304, and R01 HL133129) and industry research support from PhysioControl (equipment support for laboratory and clinical research). Dr Nolan is Chair of the ERC and Editor-in-Chief of Resuscitation. Dr Perkins is Co-Chair of ILCOR and ERC Board Director ILCOR and Guidelines. Dr Sales is employed by the American Heart Association. Dr Semeraro is ILCOR Basic Life Support (BLS) Task Force Member and ERC Science and Education Committee BLS Co-Chair. Dr Toporas is employed by Heart & Stroke Canada. Dr van Grootven is employed by the ERC. Dr Wong is employed by Heart & Stroke Canada. The remaining authors have no disclosures to report.
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