In the Netherlands, there are several initiatives to raise awareness on ‘Restart a Heart day’.
On October 13, the OLVG organized an event in the Oosterpark of Amsterdam, including demonstrations and BLS training. Check out this impression: https://www.olvg.nl/impressie-restart-heart-dag-2018
On October 16, a ‘Restart a Heart day’ event was held in Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. There were demonstrations of BLS by bystanders and subsequent ALS by the Ambulance service of Amsterdam, demonstration of the LUCAS, ‘show and tell’ of the hospital crash cart, information on the national civilian responder system, on the spot registration for BLS courses, ‘meet and greet’ with the ALS team, videos of survivors and BLS training using Virtual Reality. Of course, people had the chance to train their BLS skills.
There is a national organization in the Netherlands, consisting of medical students who are trained to become ERC BLS instructors and give BLS training in schools. Nowadays, all cities with a university have a local chapter of this organization. It is called Taskforce QRS, and QRS stands for Qualitative Resuscitation by Students. In this way, medical students are involved in CPR training, learn didactical skills and contribute to community healthcare. At the same time, of course more important, a significant impact is made on CPR skills in the community. Taskforce QRS helped with the BLS instruction on both the event of the OLVG and Amsterdam UMC.
Ambulance Amsterdam also provided support with demonstrations on both events.
On October 16, Medisol organized an event at the central station of Utrecht, teaching BLS to people who are traveling by train. In addition, they offered a free on-the-spot technical checkup of AED’s. Also, their “Saving Lives Foundation” was promoted.
On 10 november, the Erasmus MC organizes a ‘Restart a Heart day’ event.