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World Restart a Heart Day

Bystander CPR saves lives

World Restart a Heart Day is a global awareness day aimed at increasing bystander CPR. From school children learning to save the life of a loved one, to healthcare providers refreshing their CPR skills, CPR training events are happening around the world today.

World Restart a Heart Day is the initiative of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and the European Resuscitation Council.

What Can You Do? Refresh & Re-Engage​


1 out of 20 people will witness a cardiac arrest in their lifetime. 

70% of cardiac arrests happen at home.

For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%.

Survival rates are 3x better when bystander CPR and defibrillation are given.


Gräsner, Jan-Thorsten et al. (2016). EuReCa ONE 27 Nations, ONE Europe, ONE Registry: A prospective one month analysis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes in 27 countries in Europe. Resuscitation, Volume 109, Pages 188-195. Retrieved from:

Berdowski, Jocelyn et al. (2010). Global incidences of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and survival rates: Systematic review of 67 prospective studies. Resuscitation, Volume 81, Pages 1479-1487. Retrieved from:

Creating communities of lifesavers

It is essential for people in the community to act. The solution is widespread training of CPR throughout communities. Early recognition of a beginning cardiac arrest and knowing what to do next can dramatically improve patient outcomes and survival.

Initiatives to train large numbers of community bystanders through schools or voluntary organisations have been successful in many countries including the United States, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.

EMS is important to increase survival. However, the lesson learned recently is that the key to survival is engagement of the community.

Freddy Lippert, M.D., Assistant Professor University of Copenhagen
Freddy Lippert, M.D., Assistant Professor University of Copenhagen

How Laerdal can help

Community initiatives to increase CPR training as well as improve the quality of CPR delivered are critical to increasing survival. By implementing widespread programs to train CPR and providing frequent, high quality training that is systematically measured to guide performance, we can help save more lives, together.