Hartstichting (Heart Foundation): Survival rate from cardiac arrest has increased considerably
"The Netherlands is the first country in the world to have an intricate and national resuscitation network of burgerhulpverleners (civilian emergency responders) and AEDs."
Nearly 4,000 AEDs were installed in the Netherlands last year. These are portable devices that can restore the heart rhythm by means of an electric shock in the event of a cardiac arrest. This brings the total number of Automated External Defibrillators installed to 24,500, according to the annual report of the Hartstichting.
It also mentions that last year 25,000 more Dutch people registered as burgerhulpverleners (civilian emergency responders) who can resuscitate a victim of cardiac arrest within 6 minutes. This brings the total number of civilian emergency responders to 245,000.
As a result, the chance of survival in the event of cardiac arrest has increased in the Netherlands in recent years from 9 to 25 percent," according to the Hartstichting.