DÄ internationalArchive25/2009Cardiac Arrest: Composition of Resuscitation Teams and Training Techniques—Results of a Hospital Survey in German-Speaking Countries: In reply

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Cardiac Arrest: Composition of Resuscitation Teams and Training Techniques—Results of a Hospital Survey in German-Speaking Countries: In reply

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(25): 423. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2009.0423b

Siebig, S

LNSLNS The survival rate after resuscitation in hospital is still poor. If we are to improve this, we must implement repeated resuscitation training as part of the postgraduate training of all doctors—using a standardized program and with specially instructed trainers. We showed in our survey that most participating hospitals have a special emergency team and organize more or less regular resuscitation training for their medical employees. Our response rate of 38% for a blinded survey sent by post seems absolutely acceptable. We can, of course, assume that most of the responders were from hospitals in which training of this sort is already established. We agree with Dr. Sachse that this emphasizes the importance of a consistent training concept of this sort; this certainly applies to smaller hospitals too. The practice he describes should be introduced for medical personnel. It should be obligatory and should not have to be specially emphasized. It may be possible in this way to implement the fundamental concepts of "basic life support"—such as the sequence of chest compression and ventilation he mentions—more rapidly into clinical practice.
DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2009.0423b


Dr. med. Sylvia Siebig
Universitätsklinikum Regensburg
Klinik für Innere Medizin I
Franz Josef Strauss Allee 11
93042 Regensburg, Germany
Sylvia.Siebig@klinik.uni-regensburg.de

Conflict of interest statement
The authors of both the letter and of the reply declare that there is no conflict of interests in the sense of the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
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Siebig S, Kues S, Klebl F, Brünnler T, Rockmann F, Schölmerich J, Langgartner J: Cardiac Arrest: Composition of Resuscitation Teams and Training Techniques—Results of a Hospital Survey in German-Speaking Countries. [Herz-Kreislauf-Stillstand: Wer reanimiert und wie wird trainiert? – Ergebnisse einer Umfrage in deutschsprachigen Krankenhäusern.] Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(5): 65–70
1. Siebig S, Kues S, Klebl F, Brünnler T, Rockmann F, Schölmerich J, Langgartner J: Cardiac Arrest: Composition of Resuscitation Teams and Training Techniques—Results of a Hospital Survey in German-Speaking Countries. [Herz-Kreislauf-Stillstand: Wer reanimiert und wie wird trainiert? – Ergebnisse einer Umfrage in deutschsprachigen Krankenhäusern.] Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(5): 65–70