ERC Newsletter - September 2013


Free Article & Editorial of the month

The September Free Editorial of the month is Restart a Heart Day: A strategy by the European Resuscitation Council to raise cardiac arrest awareness (Marios Georgiou).

The September Free Article of the month is Clinical state transitions during advanced life support (ALS) in in-hospital cardiac arrest (Trond Nordseth, Daniel Bergum, Dana P. Edelson, Theresa M. Olasveengen, Trygve Eftestřl, Rune Wiseth, Benjamin S. Abella, Eirik Skogvoll).

October 7: pre-registration deadline for Resuscitation 2013

Mark your calendar for Resuscitation 2013!
This 2-day event will take place on 25th and 26th October 2013 in Kraków, Poland.
Pre-registration is possible until October 7. After that date, only onsite registration will be possible.

Zoll, our Principal Sponsor, is organising a lunch symposium on Saturday 26th October that reviews resuscitation in unusual settings and circumstances (in room 3).

Also on Saturday, Philips, a Major Sponsor, is organising a symposium on High Quality CPR. More information can be found here.

We are grateful to Laerdal, our other Major Sponsor, for providing the manikins for our CPR competition.

For more information visit the official Congress website.
The preliminary programme can be downloaded here.


Post Arrest Therapeutic Hyothermia - A "How-to" Course

Thursday 24 October (the day before the Symposium)
14:00 - 20:00
Radisson Blu, Krakow, Poland

Led by a highly-experienced physician and nurse team at the University of Pennsylvania, this one-day workshop will update the participants with practical information about the implementation of post-arrest cooling therapy to improve outcomes.

Through small group discussions, problem-based learning and short lectures, participants will learn the newest information about practical questions such as: Inclusion/exclusion criteria for hypothermia? What side effects should one look for? How should side effects be managed? How can the brain be monitored during cooling therapy?

This workshop is ideal for physicians or nurses who are actively involved in the clinical care of patients following cardiac arrest.

Space is limited to 30 registrants 
Please contact for further information.
Registration fee is 50 euro.

Restart a Heart Day - photo competition

We would like to involve YOU in the launch of the first ever European Restart a Heart Day!

Enter our Facebook photo competition "Children doing or learning CPR" by sending your photo in a message (or email your photo to by the 30th of September 2013.

The best photos will be exhibited in the European Parliament for a whole week along with photos from our National Resuscitation Councils.

More information on the European Restart a Heart Day (16th of October) can be found here.

Representatives of the Associate Gold Members

The membership of the ERC General Assembly includes four representatives of the Associate Gold Members: the Associate Representatives. Their task is primarily to represent the interests of all Associate Gold Members, thereby increasing the input of this group of members within the General Assembly.

The Associate Representatives were elected for the first time in June 2011, for a (renewable) term of 2 years. Earlier this year a call for candidatures for the next term was launched. Over the summer a voting was organized and the Gold Members elected their Associate Representatives for the next 2 years:

1. Eleni BASSIAKOU (Greece)
2. Uwe KREIMEIER (Germany)
3. Freddy LIPPERT (Denmark)
4. Peter PAAL (Austria)

Congratulations to all!

Peter Baskett Bursary - Resuscitation 2014, Bilbao

The ERC, together with the Laerdal Foundation, have established a bursary in order to make it possible for ERC instructors from countries with a lower Gross National Income or those not being able financially, to participate in ERC conferences.

The Bursary will also apply for the ERC Congress in Bilbao (15-17 May 2014). More information regarding the Peter Baskett Bursary applications for Resuscitation 2014 will soon be available!

Free CPR Workshops

Earlier this month, free CPR Workshops were organized at the 2013 Congress of the European Society of Cardiology (1-2-3 September, Amsterdam).

This initiative was a joint collaboration from ERC, ESC, ACCA and EHRA.

Also a huge "thank you" to the ERC Course Directors and ERC Instructors who volunteered their time and skills to make these workshops such a success:
Nikolaos Nikolaou, Hans Domanovits, Monika Grünfeld, Robert Lichtveld, Nadine Stomilovic, Benoit Cardos, Hany Girgis, Esther Landman, Driekes van der Weert, Linda Veenis, Aart Ketelaar, Tom Schmitte, Diana Cimpoesu, Panagiotis Koukopoulos and Anton Kozelj.

The next CPR Workshops will be organized at the 2013 Congress of the Acute Cardiac Care Association (12-13-14 October in Madrid). Be sure to drop by if you are attending this congress!