Biggest Basic Life Support change in ERC guidelines 2015: the role of the emergency response communication centre


Not much has changed for Basic Life support in the new ERC 2015 guidelines. But small changes can make a big difference for a person’s life. So today at the ERC congress in Prague, one of the main subjects was about the role of the Emergency Response communication Centre.

A fast response and early CPR increase patients survival chances and therefor the bystander CPR has a huge lifesaving potential. In Europe, there are major differences in the way people act when they find a person lying on the ground and presumably dead. Not everyone is used to consider the possibility the victim might survive when CPR is started fast.

It all starts with recognising abnormal breathing. Any person that is unconscious and not breathing normally, is in direct need of CPR. As soon as the abnormal breathing is diagnosed, emergency services should be called to make sure professional help is on its way.  A lay person should get it’s instructions from the emergency dispatcher. How to get the bystander to perform good CPR?