Danis Peoples Aid and ASB Schleswig-Holstein have joined forces in the project Border-Crossing First Aid with the objective of offering citizens a first aid course, so they will be able to provide life-saving first aid in case of a cardiac arrest. The project aims to motivate as many citizens as possible to intervene as first aid volunteers when citizens in the local community are suffering a cardiac arrest.

Especially in thinly populated areas, in both Germany and Denmark, the problem is that often it takes too long before the emergency service arrives at the scene. With the Interreg project SAVING LIFE in a joint German-Danish collaboration we seek to contribute to the fight against sudden cardiac death.

To survive a cardiac arrest without permanent after-effects it is extremely important that qualified first aid is provided as quickly as possible, because the chances of survival are reduced by 10% for each minute without first aid. If a person experiences a cardiac arrest and no life-saving first aid is provided before the arrival of the ambulance, only one out of 30 persons will survive. If first aid volunteers provide life-saving first aid, the survival rate is dramatically increased.

The challenge in both Germany and Denmark is that it is not possible to reduce the response time for an ambulance significantly. This makes every single minute crucial when citizens suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.

Through offering first aid training for free we seek to increase significantly the number of survivors after a cardiac arrest in the Region of Southern Denmark and Region Zealand and the northern part of Schleswig-Holstein.

In addition to free first aid courses, the project will introduce new technology in the mentioned areas, through which first aid volunteers are called out to the emergencies directly from the emergency call centres via a smartphone app. In this way, the chances of survival are increased significantly.

Finally, in a continuation of the project ”Schleswig-Holstein SCHOCKT” we will register more locations with publicly accessible automated external defibrillators (AED) in Germany, and in Denmark we will by the means of an information campaign aim for that all AEDs within the geographical scope of the project are accessible 24/7.