Sudden cardiac arrest is a relatively big health problem. Starting immediately with CPR until the ambulance arrives is vital. Therefore, everyone should be able to perform CPR. Taskforce QRS (Qualitative Resuscitation by Students) Maastricht was founded in 2006 with the aim to increase the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest. Prof. Gorgels (cardiologist) and Petra Schuffelen trained a dozen medical students to be CPR instructor. These instructors then went to classes in secondary schools to provide CPR training.
In 2017, Taskforce QRS has over 120 instructors and give CPR training to 10,000 students in secondary education annually. Because sudden cardiac arrest is a nationwide social problem, they also motivated students from other universities which led to the creation of: Taskforce QRS Groningen - Leiden - Nijmegen and - Utrecht. Their aim is to anchor CPR training in the curriculum of secondary education. They believe that secondary schools are the best place to learn it. We see that students can, want and dare to perform CPR!
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