17 August 2017
Students going the extra mile

A skill for life

Every year, between 7,000 and 8,000 people are resuscitated in the Netherlands after a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. The first six minutes are crucial. The sooner you start with heart massage the better, and the more people who learn this skill, the greater the chance of survival. With this in mind, Ton Gorgels, professor of Transmural Cardiology, together with Petra Schuffelen, founded the QRS Taskforce in Maastricht ten years ago. What has been achieved? A conversation with Ton Gorgels and the current president of the taskforce, medical student Ali Ghossein.

By: Britta Wielaard Photography: Philip Driessen